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32 Poems: Call for Poetry and Reviews

32 Poems welcomes unsolicited poetry year-round with brief hiatuses in May and November. We respond quickly (usually within three weeks) and request that submitters keep that time frame in mind as they submit elsewhere. Poets who have not received a response within 90 days are encouraged to query regarding their manuscript’s status. Read guidelines and submit here.

About the Journal

Printed twice a year (in January and July) and distributed internationally with subscribers in over twenty countries, each issue includes 32 shorter poems. This minimalist focus has fostered an intimate and intensive reading experience since 2002, when Deborah Ager and John Poch founded the journal as an alternative to larger and less-selective literary magazines.

In the twenty years since, 32 Poems has showcased many of the most-recognized poets writing in English, including Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, and MacArthur Genius Grant winners, Poets Laureate, and recipients of the other major honors in American letters. The journal also prides itself on championing talented writers early in their careers and regularly features poets appearing in print for the first time. Our emerging poets have gone on to earn such honors as “Discovery”/The Nation Prizes, the National Poetry Series, Ruth Lilly Fellowships, Stegner Fellowships, and many other first book prizes, fellowships, and awards. Work first appearing in 32 Poems can be found frequently reprinted in both the Best American Poetry and Best New Poets series, on such “best of” sites as Verse Daily and Poetry Daily, and in a wide variety of anthologies. Selections from 32 Poems have been made into short films and recited by high school students in national Poetry Out Loud Contests. And in 2012, WordFarm published Old Flame, a collection drawn from 32 Poems’ first 10 years of publication. A finalist for the Foreword Book of the Year Award, Old Flame pairs 64 of the journal’s best lyrics with brief prose commentaries from the poets themselves.