Chicago Poetry Magazine publishes great poetry by poets in Chicago and the Midwestern United States.
Chicago Poetry Magazine publishes the winners of the Poets of the Midwest Contest, which is open to submissions from residents of the Midwestern United States, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Chicago Poetry Magazine accepts regular submissions from residents of Chicago from January 1st to March 31st of every year.
Regular Submissions Please read these submission guidelines carefully. You must agree with the terms on this page in order to make a regular submission to Chicago Poetry Magazine. Your submission will be taken as proof of your agreement and as such, no additional contract will be required for publication to proceed. As such, you must include the following statement in your submission: "I agree with the guidelines for regular poetry submissions to Chicago Poetry Magazine."
Submissions are open to residents of Chicago. Submissions in a language other than English must include an English translation.
Submissions are open from January 1st to March 31st of every year. Submissions are competitive as a maximum of five poets will be published every year. A minimum of three places will be held for poets who have not previously been published in Chicago Poetry Magazine. A maximum of two places will be offered to alumni of Chicago Poetry Magazine.
Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Please remove your poem from consideration if you plan to publish it elsewhere.
Submit 1 previously unpublished poem, maximum 35 lines, along with a biography and your mailing address (including street address, city, province / state, country, and postal code). Include social media information in your biography, if applicable. Please limit the biography to 100 words.
You can make a regular submission to Chicago Poetry Magazine once per year.
The poet grants publisher Kirk Ramdath the right to the publication of the poem, as well as the right to republish the poem in Chicago Poetry Magazine & Wax Poetry and Art anthologies, online and in print, without additional permission required.
When published, an Official Print Version of the poem will be made available for sale. The winner will receive a 20% royalty on all print sales, as well as a 50% royalty on electronic sales, such as of .pdf documents. If the poem is ever collected into an online or print anthology, the same royalty rates apply. Royalties will be shared equally among all contributors, based on contribution, and paid out annually in January to anyone who is owed $10 CAD or more. There is no initial payment.
The poet also grants the publisher the right to publish parts or all of the work on third party platforms such as Facebook and other social media, specifically for the purpose of sharing the work with more people, and considering the evolving and experimental nature of the Internet.
Submissions must include: -Agreement statement: "I agree with the submission guidelines for regular poetry submissions to Chicago Poetry Magazine." -Poem (titled, 35 lines maximum). -Biography, maximum 100 words, including social media and www links, if applicable. -Your complete postal mailing address including street address, city, province, country, and postal code.
The entire submission (agreement statement, poem, biography, and mailing address) must be copied and pasted into the body of a single email and sent to the email address shown below. Do not include any part of your submission in an attachment.
For the subject header of your submission email, use, "Chicago Poetry Magazine regular submission". Send your submission by email to: email@example.com.
Send questions and comments by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.