Tinderbox Poetry Journal: Now Seeking Submissions

Written by Ella Peary | March 1, 2017

Tinderbox Poetry Journal, an online journal that’s fee-free in the months the seasons change—March, June, September, and December—is seeking poetry from both emerging and established writers.  To promote the writers they publish, they nominate poets for the Pushcart Prize, Best New Poets, and Best of the Net Anthology. Tinderbox publishes poetry in all forms and styles, and they showcase a broad range of voices and experiences. They prefer profundity that arises out of nitty-gritty life itself, poetry that is lived and living. To get a sense of their style, you can read past issues online.

Tinderbox is published monthly, and each issue features work by around fifteen poets. While they only publish poetry, Tinderbox seeks to expand our idea of what a poem can be. They accept a wide range of submissions—free verse and formal poetry, lyric essays, flash forms, sequences of fragments, lyric dramas, and more. Submitting poets can expect a response within about three months.

Poets may submit three to four pieces of any kind of poetry. Submissions should be six pages or fewer. The editors at Tinderbox encourage poets to include a cover letter with their submission. They view the cover letter not as a formality, but an important introduction to the poet, a context within which to read the work.

Tinderbox accepts submissions online, not via post or email. They accept simultaneous submissions, but ask that authors immediately withdraw work published elsewhere. They do not accept previously published work, and they do not accept multiple submissions.

If you would like to learn more or submit to Tinderbox, please visit their website at https://tinderboxpoetryjournal.submittable.com/submit.