Valparaiso Poetry Review: Now Accepting Submissions

Written by Ella Peary | January 21, 2016

Valparaiso Poetry Review is a biannual online journal of poetry and poetics published by Valparaiso University. Showcasing new, emerging, and established writers side-by-side, Valparaiso Poetry Review invites readers to discover new voices while rediscovering past favorites. Alongside original poems, they feature author interviews, book reviews, and essays about poetry and poetics. Though they publish all forms and styles of quality poetry and criticism, they tend to favor work that converses with the contemporary literary mind. Even new writers published in Valparaiso Poetry Review demonstrate a high level of poetic accomplishment.

Since the first electronic issue appeared in 1999, many poems and critical essays originally published in the review have been selected for competitive prizes and anthologies. To get a sense of what they publish, you can read all current and past issues online.

Published in two yearly volumes—Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter—each issue of Valparaiso Poetry Review features poems by around 25 poets and critical prose by around five writers. Submitting authors can expect a response within about two months, and should wait at least three months before submitting again.

Poets may submit up to five poems at a time. Translations are not accepted. Authors of interviews, book reviews, and essays about poetry or poetics may submit one piece of writing. All work should be accompanied by a short biography. Since Valparaiso Poetry Review only accepts submissions by email, they recommend submitting poems in a document attachment to preserve formatting. Both publishers and poets are encouraged to send new poetry books via post for review.

Valparaiso Poetry Review accepts simultaneous submissions, but asks that authors immediately withdraw work published elsewhere. They generally do not accept previously published work; however, on rare occasions they do publish poems that appear in books or print journals, but not online. In these unusual cases, the original publication must be referenced.

If you would like to learn more or submit to Valparaiso Poetry Review, please visit their website at http://www.valpo.edu/vpr/news/submissions.php.