Burntdistrict: Now Accepting Submissions of Poetry

Written by Emily Harstone | December 9, 2014

Burntdistrict is a literary journal that focuses on publishing and promoting poetry. They are a print publication, although they do also release some poems on their website so it is fairly easy to see what kind of poems they are interested in publishing.

However, it is worth noting that the poems on the site are selected by an intern and not by the editors.  They try to respond to submissions within a month. They publish two issues every year.

The editors both have MFAs and are emerging poets in their own right. The journal is named after an area just north of Omaha that had a sordid past but is currently going through an artistic revitalization. They prefer to publish poems that take risk.

They accept all submissions through their submission manager. You can submit up to 5 previously unpublished poems at a time. Simultaneous submissions are permitted. A cover letter is preferred but not required. There are no content or form restrictions. They do not use readers which means that one of their editors reads every submission.

Unless they explicitly ask to see more of your work, submit only once every six months. They do not close to submissions at any time during the year. They accept less than 5% of the work submitted to them for consideration.

To learn more or to submit, visit their website at http://burntdistrict.org/.