Open Reading Periods for Unsolicited Poetry!


The Rumpus wants to read your poems! Our inaugural open submissions period for the Rumpus Original Poetry series will take place January 1–January 31. Please gather up 4-8 poems to share and see our Submittable for further guidelines. Please note: the Rumpus Original Poetry section of Submittable will be live once the reading period begins.

We welcome submissions from poets at all stages of their career without regard to publication history or academic background. We likewise encourage the submissions of poets from underrepresented backgrounds. Our tastes are wide and varied (visit our archives to familiarize yourself with what we’ve published in the past). Our only criteria is excellence, so send your best work, the work you most believe in.

We’d also like to welcome aboard our new team of poetry readers: Cindy Arrieu-King, S. Erin Batiste, Megan Fernandes, George Higgins, Emma Hyche, Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, and Steven Sanchez.

We can’t wait to read your poems!