Submission Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in Poets & Writers Magazine, a bimonthly publication for writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Before you send us your submission, please read the following.

Our Audience


Available by subscription and on newsstands of most major bookstores, Poets & Writers Magazine reaches a national audience of 100,000 readers from emerging to established literary writers. The magazine has a strong following among both students and faculty in creative writing programs across the country. In addition, many of its readers pursue creative writing as an avocation, often pairing their literary lives with other careers.

What We Publish


We recommend that you read Poets & Writers Magazine before sending us a query or an article for consideration. You may also visit our online Archive, which contains a selection of articles from past issues. Our editorial content is divided into the following four sections. 

  • News & Trends: brief articles (500-1,200 words) that keep our readers abreast of pertinent information in the writing and publishing industries.
  • The Literary Life: essays (1,500-2,500 words) on the more contemplative aspects of writing, ranging from creative process to the art of reading.
  • The Practical Writer: advice and how-to articles (1,500-2,500 words) that offer nuts and bolts information about the business of creative writing.
  • Features: profiles of and interviews with (2,000-3,000 words) contemporary writers who reflect the rich diversity of current American literature. Recent featured authors include Bonnie Jo Campbell, John Casey, Joan Didion, Julie Otsuka, Karen Russell, Sam Savage, Cheryl Strayed, and Christian Wiman. Other features include articles and essays (2,000-3,000 words), frequently grouped into special sections, that provide an in-depth look at subjects of interest to creative writers, such as writers conferences and residencies, small presses, regional writing, and the distinctions of genre.

Submission Information


All correspondence should be addressed to The Editors, Poets & Writers Magazine, 90 Broad Street, Suite 2100, New York, NY 10004 and should include an SASE with appropriate postage, or sent via e-mail to editor@pw.org.

For those articles we publish, we buy exclusive worldwide, periodical publication and syndication rights in all languages and non-exclusive reprint rights shared 50/50 thereafter. We pay when the piece is scheduled for production.

If you plan to query us with a story proposal, please include two samples of your journalistic writing.

For articles submitted on spec, manuscripts should be typed, double-spaced, and no more than 3,000 words in length.

E-mail queries must be fully developed and must include two samples of your journalistic writing.

It usually takes four to six weeks for us to respond to your query or manuscript.

We do not publish original fiction or poetry.

We do not publish book reviews.

We do not accept queries made over the phone.

We rarely cover genre fiction, such as mysteries, mainstream science fiction, romance novels, and children's literature, nor do we cover screenwriting and playwriting.

Photography

 
If you are a professional photographer and would like to be considered for commissioned work (or have existing photography of authors), please send a sample and contact information to Kevin Larimer, Editor, Poets & Writers Magazine, 90 Broad Street, Suite 2100, New York, NY 10004 or send a link to your website via e-mail to editor@pw.org. No phone calls please.

General Information


We are published by Poets & Writers, Inc., a nonprofit literary service organization that has been the central source of practical information for the literary community in the United States since 1970.

Current Issue

Cover Story 

Our Independent Publishing Issue features an in-depth interview with Graywolf Press editor Jeff Shotts; a look at the successful partnerships of eleven small-press authors and their editors; a profile of indie essayist Charles D'Ambrosio; Donald Hall recalls a golden age of American poetry; best-selling author Miranda Beverly-Whittemore on the rewards of self-promotion; advice for self-published authors; a conversation with Guernica publisher Lisa Lucas; and much more.

Finding Gems in Lost & Found

by Rebecca Bates

News and Trends

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

The Center for Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City is making the ephemeral more tangible through its Lost & Found chapbook series.

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Let's Just Do This: Eleven Small-Press Authors and their Publishing Partners

by Kevin Larimer

Special Section

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

Eleven small-press authors and their publishing partners discuss the independent approach—and all the passion, commitment, and love that comes with it—to bringing books into the world.

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Agents & Editors: Jeff Shotts

by Michael Szczerban

Special Section

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

Graywolf Press executive editor Jeff Shotts discusses the power of patience in publishing, editing as an act of empathy, and why it’s an exciting time to be a poet.

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