Submission Guidelines


32 Poems welcomes unsolicited poetry year round and accepts simultaneous submissions. We respond quickly though (often within a few 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.

As a rule we publish shorter poems that fit on a single page (about 32 lines), though we sometimes make exceptions to accommodate remarkable work that runs a little longer. Please send no more than five poems in a submission (a single document, if submitting online) and no more than one active submission at a time. We do not accept translations or work that has been previously published in print or online.

We believe poets should be paid for their work. Contributors receive $25 per poem and two copies of the issue in which their writing appears.

For online submissions we charge a $3 reading fee, but that fee is waived for current subscribers.

Alternatively, we continue to accept fee-free postal submissions sent to

George David Clark, Editor
32 Poems
Washington & Jefferson College
Department of English
60 S. Lincoln Street
Washington, PA 15301

To submit poetry online, simply click here.



32 Poems seeks reviews of recent poetry collections for online Prose Features. For us, poetry is a collaboration between poets and readers, and reviews allow that dialogue to become public. We believe that reviews shouldn’t simply be about good writing; they should be good writing. With that in mind, we aim to introduce our readers to the diverse talents of reviewees and reviewers as well as offer a space for important discussions about craft. While we prefer reviews that eschew ascerbic zingers and aesthetically dogmatic whistle-blowing, we enjoy thoughtful criticism that accounts for a collection’s weaknesses and the various challenges facing contemporary poets.

Potential reviewers should consider the following guidelines and suggestions:

  • We prefer longer reviews of 1,000+ words as we believe that this length allows for sustained examination, whereas shorter forms often contain only evaluation.
  • Consider how this collection relates to others stylistically and thematically.
  • Consider how the collection operates as a book as well as in individual poems.
Click here to submit your review.

We consider all submissions carefully and enjoy being surprised by reviews of work we’re previously unfamiliar with, but this fall we’re particularly interested in seeing reviews of the books listed below.

Pleasures of the Game, Austin Allen (Waywiser)
I Am No Longer Troubled by the Extravagance, Rick Bursky (BOA)
The Spokes of Venus, Rebecca Morgan Frank (Carnegie Mellon)
Hungry Moon, Henrietta Goodman (Mountain West)
Kiss/Hierarchy, Alexandra van de Kamp (Rain Mountain Press)
Sunshine Wound, L.S. Klatt (Parlor Press)
Dothead, Amit Majmudar (Knopf)
Post-, Wayne Miller (Milkweed)
The End of Pink, Kathryn Nuernberger (BOA)
Our House Was on Fire, Laura Van Prooyen (Ashland Poetry Press)
Churches, Kevin Prufer (Four Way)
Four-Legged Girl, Diane Seuss (Graywolf)
Self Portrait with Spurs and Sulphur, Casey Thayer (New Mexico)
The Body Distances, Mark Wagenaar (Massachusetts)
Prayer Book of the Anxious, Josephine Yu (Elixer Press)