Atlanta Review publishes all kinds of great poetry; we do not subscribe to any particular "school."  We read and admire lyric, narrative, experimental, form, free verse, prose poems, and any other kind of poetry.  To get a sense of our journal, read some back issues, or better yet, subscribe.

We read year round, with the following deadlines:  June 1st for the Fall/Winter Issue, and December 1st for the Spring/Summer Issue.  We will try to respond within four months (it may be longer for contest entries).  The deadline for the annual contest is March 1st, and the deadline for the Dan Veach Prize for Younger Poets is June 1st. 

Our Fall/Winter issue is our Contest Issue, and includes poetry by winners and runners-up.  Our Spring/Summer issue is our International Issue, and includes poetry by poets from an international region or country, translated into English (if necessary). Both issues contain general poetry submissions, so feel free to send us poetry any time.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately that you need to withdraw a poem via the "Notes" function in Submittable.  Only click "Withdraw" if you need to withdraw the entire submission.

A large number of poets have been requesting an online submission option, so we have made that available here. We also support sustainable options in our operations. Online submissions are good for the environment. 

Some people have asked why we are now charging a "reading fee." We do not charge you to review your work. We must pay the platform provider to provide this service to you. We consulted with some of our regularly submitting writers about their expenses for an average submission, including printing and mailing costs, before setting a price that we believe is in line with what they previously paid. Of course, there is also the convenience of being able to track your submissions and not having to go to the post office. We have a number of writers who suffer from disabilities who were particularly keen to have an online option. 

With that said, you may continue to submit typed poems by mail for no additional fee at our new mailing address: 686 Cherry St. NW, Suite 333, Atlanta GA 30332-0161. 

If you choose to submit by regular mail, please enclose a S.A.S.E., with enough postage to return your poems. Otherwise, we will recycle manuscripts.  Submissions without an S.A.S.E. will not be read.

Beginning in 2018, all contest entries must be submitted through Submittable. 

For General Submissions, we prefer:

  1. No more than five unpublished poems per submission, each poem on its own page, contained in a single .doc or .docx file.
  2. No identifying information on any poem.  The Atlanta Review reads blind:  we publish poems, not poets.
  3. Only one submission per submission period.
For Contest Submissions, we prefer:
  1. Unpublished poems, each poem on its own page, contained in a single .doc or .docx file.  Poems must not have won a major prize in another contest.  You may enter as many poems as you like, provided you pay the fee for each submission.
  2. No identifying information on any poem.
Guidelines for the Dan Veach Prize for Younger Poets (for poets aged 18-23) will be available when the contest opens on March 1, 2017.

Cover letters are not necessary for any submission, but we appreciate learning about your interest in the Atlanta Review and in poetry in general.  We read cover letters after decisions have been made.  We read poems blind, so please do not put your name and address on each page of your submission
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Guidelines and Information:

  1. No more than five unpublished poems per submission, each poem on its own page, contained in a single .doc or .docx file.
  2. No identifying information on any poem.  The Atlanta Review reads blind:  we publish poems, not poets.
  3. Only one submission per submission period.

Dan Veach was the founding editor and publisher of Atlanta Review from 1994 to 2016.  Through his vision, Atlanta Review gained an international reputation for publishing excellent and luminous poetry, and has published Poet Laureates and Nobel Laureates, often before they were famous.

The Dan Veach Prize for Younger Poets solicits poems from college-age students, aged 18-23, on any subject or style.  Poems with an international focus are especially welcomed, but all poems must be written in English.  

Guidelines & Information:
  1. Students may submit up to two poems (40 lines or fewer for each poem), each poem on its own page, contained in a single .doc or .docx file, with no identifying information on the poem(s) themselves.  Contact information must be entered in the submission form, but this information will not be visible to judges during the contest.
  2. A letter of recommendation (up to 500 words) from a teacher or other person well-acquainted with the student's writing must accompany the poem(s).  The recommendation letter should affirm that these poems are the student's original work.
  3. A brief statement by the poet (up to 100 words) that offers a little information about the poet; his, her, or their interest in poetry; or about how he, she, or they came to write the work being submitted.  This information will not be visible to judges during the contest.
  4. There is no entry fee.
  5. Poems will be accepted from March 1, 2017 to June 1, 2017.
  6. The winning poet will be published in the Fall/ Winter 2017 issue of Atlanta Review, with a $100 prize.