American Poetry Journal publishes work from diverse backgrounds and orientations, from new and established voices that include Terrance Hayes, Dorianne Laux, Wendy Xu, Jeffrey Levine, Faylita Hicks, Chelsea Dingman, Jill Alexander Essbaum, Kelli Russell Agodon, and many others. We publish work that is committed, distinct and moving. 

We are reading for our Summer 2023, and Winter 2023 magazine editions, and our 2023 Chapbooks. Our 2023 Full-Length Books will open soon. 


The American Poetry Journal Book Award 

Award Package

-Publication of Full-length Poetry Book by American Poetry Journal

-$500 Award

-Distribution, review copies, and author copies


Full-length poetry books are 48 or more pages not including front and back matter. Do not include name, bio, or other identifying information in the manuscript. Acknowledgements may be included in the manuscript, but are not necessary. All submissions are considered for publication. You may submit multiple manuscripts, as long as each manuscript is a separate entry.

The winner will also receive an additional $500 award from American Poetry Journal and publication of their full-length book in Spring 2024.  The Winner and shortlist be announced in Fall 2023. We’re looking for work on any subject, from new or established poets in traditional, experimental, or hybrid forms. All submissions are considered for publication. 

*By submitting, author agrees to receive correspondence about submission, and communication from American Poetry Journal.

*American Poetry Journal may extend the length of submissions to the award


We are reading for our 2023 print and digital editions!

Please send up to 5 poems of any length for consideration for our print and/or online editions. (We publish online twice a year, and our print issue includes both online issues and additional work).
We are looking for quality pieces of any form, style, or subject matter.  We welcome simultaneous submissions, and have no guidelines for formatting.
We have a small, caring team and read each submission thoroughly. We aim to respond within 2 months, and many times, much sooner.

*We occasionally reprint previously published work, please note in your submission if any portion is previously published.

American Poetry Journal