Rhino Poetry

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


Our aesthetic:

Our diverse group of editors looks for the very best in contemporary writing by local, national, and international writers. We read for previously unpublished poems, translations, and flash fiction/nonfiction.

We welcome all styles of poems, particularly those that are well-crafted, passionate, and original. We appreciate work that is deeply engaged with lived experience, uses language lovingly and surprisingly, and feels explicitly daring or quietly powerful. 

How and when to submit:

While we do accept submissions via mail, we highly encourage you to submit via Submittable whenever possible.

In order to allow our team of editors to read each submission with care, we cap our submissions for each month that our reading window is open.  Once we’ve reached our submission cap, the window will remain closed until the first day of the following calendar month. 

We will be accepting submissions for our 2020 general reading period from April 15-July 31, and for our Founders’ Prize from September 1 to October 15.   Please only submit once during each reading period.

Please send us 3-5 poems or flash fiction/nonfiction (500 words or fewer), and no more than five pages of work at a time.  Group your submission in a single, typed document (Word or PDF only) with your name, phone number, and email on each page.  We only consider previously unpublished work, including work that has appeared online, or work already planned for publication in a chapbook, book, or elsewhere.  Please let us know if this is a simultaneous submission.

In the comments box, tell us a little bit about you and your publications, and how you heard about RHINO Poetry.

All poetry submissions are automatically considered for our Editors’ Prize; we often award a Translation Prize as well.  From September 1 to October 15, we also accept poetry submissions for our Founders’ Prize. 

Translations must include a copy of the work in its original language.  The translator is responsible for obtaining the author’s permission to use their material.

Simultaneous submissions/withdrawal procedures:

Simultaneous submissions are accepted and encouraged—but please let us know that your work is being submitted simultaneously, and let us know right away if your work is picked up elsewhere.

If you wish to withdraw PART of your submission, please send us a short message to partial.withdrawals@rhinopoetry.org using the title of the work you are withdrawing as your subject line.  In the body of the email, please re-state the title of the work you are withdrawing and your name, and we will happily keep the rest of your submission under consideration for publication.

If you withdraw using the withdraw button in Submittable, we will consider your entire submission withdrawn.

Rhino Poetry