Submission Guidelines

Poetry

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 (waived for current subscribers). This money supports the publication of 32 Poems, which, as an independent journal with an all-volunteer staff, continues to publish only through the generosity of our dedicated readers. Alternatively, we continue to accept fee-free postal submissions at

32 Poems Magazine
Valparaiso University
1320 Chapel Drive South
Valparaiso, IN 46383

Simply click here to submit work online.

*Please note, we respond to all submissions electronically, so hard copy submitters should be sure to include an email address with their submission in lieu of an SASE.

Reviews

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 usually contain only evaluation.
  • Avoid passive voice. (Don’t tell us what the poems are, but rather how they act on a reader.)
  • 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.

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.

You Must Remember This, Michael Bazzett (Milkweed Editions)
Storm Toward Morning, Malachi Black (Copper Canyon)
Split, Cathy Linh Che (Alice James)
Seam, Tarfia Faizullah (Southern Illinois)
The Blue Buick, B.H. Fairchild (Norton)
Hungry Moon, Henrietta Goodman (Mountain West)
Pantry, Lilah Hegnauer (Hub City)
House and Fire, Maria Hummel (APR)
Vulgar Remedies, Anna Journey (LSU)
Afternoon Masala, Vandana Khanna (Arkansas)
Deviants, Peter Kline (Stephen F. Austin UP)
Swoop, Hailey Leithauser (Graywolf)
The Wilderness, Sandra Lim (Norton)
Mad Honey Symposium, Sally Wen Mao (Alice James)
Thought That Nature, Trey Moody (Sarabande)
Best Bones, Sarah Rose Nordgren (Pittsburgh)
War Reporter, Dan O’Brien (Hanging Loose)
Control Bird Alt Delete, Alexandria Peary (Iowa)
Precarious, Allan Peterson (42 Miles Press)
Churches, Kevin Prufer (Four Way)
King Me, Roger Reeves (Copper Canyon)
The Cabinetmaker’s Window, Steve Scafidi (LSU)
No Object, Natalie Shapero (Saturnalia)
The Wynona Stone Poems, Caki Wilkinson (Persea)
Once in the West, Christian Wiman (FSG)

Reviewers interested in these titles should contact Managing Editor, Elisabeth Clark (elisabethclark@32poems.com) to request a review copy. Publishers interested in submitting titles for review should send copies to 32 Poems Magazine, Valparaiso University, 1320 Chapel Drive South, Valparaiso, In 46383.