Submissions

We are interested in language that is elegant and provocative; poetry that informs and engages us in broader cultural conversations.

Rights and Guidelines

We seek unpublished work. Simultaneous submissions are ok, just let us know your manuscript is under consideration by more than one publisher. Payment is publication and author copies.

Chapbook Submissions

Our Winter/Spring chapbook open reading period is closed. Thanks to everyone who submitted. Of the many exceptional manuscripts we received, Strange-Tongued Names by Aaron Counts and Memory of a Girl by Aozora Brockman were selected for publication. Please look forward to these titles, Summer 2016.

We are currently reading submissions June through August. Manuscript submissions outside of this period will not be read. A small reading fee of $5.00 should accompany all manuscripts and may be submitted via our PayPal donation page. Please submit manuscripts between 24-30 pages, along with contact information, brief bio, and acknowledgments page via to: backbonepoetry@gmail.com with the words chapbook submission in the subject line.