The Mantle welcomes poetry submissions from you, no matter who you are or where you live.

Send poems that are odd, poignant, beautiful, or oddly poignant yet beautiful. Send poems you’re proud of whether raw, refined, or jagged.

Submit anytime, but the reading periods are as follows:

May 8 – July 7 for the Summer issue. (August 1st release)
August 8 – October 7 for the Autumn issue. (November 1st release)
November 8 – January 7 for the Winter issue. (February 1st release)
February 8 – April 7 for the Spring issue. (May 1st release)

Send up to 5 previously unpublished poems of any style or length in one .doc/.docx/.pdf/.rtf/.odt file to with “submission” in the subject line.

We read blindly, so please withhold any identifying information from the file itself.

Include your name and an optional cover letter in the email. A 50-75 word third-person bio is unnecessary but will be requested in the event we accept your work.

Wait for a response before submitting again. If your work is selected for publication, you may submit again the following reading period.

Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. If any of your poems get accepted elsewhere before you get a response from us, send a reply to the original submission email noting which poem(s) need to be withdrawn (no worries, and congrats!).

Feel free to query if you haven’t received a response after 60 days.

We ask for First Serial Rights. After a poem is published here, the contributor retains all rights. If the poem is published anywhere else after us, we kindly ask that you credit The Mantle as first publisher.

We are a non-paying market.

Thank you for your support. We look forward to your submissions!

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