Submission Guidelines

Poetry Submissions are currently being accepted.  Publication of poems will resume May 1st, 2019.  Yes!  The kitchen is open again.

Each morning, Monday through Friday, Poetry Breakfast publishes a new poem. On the weekends, we publish poetry book reviews and a list of poetry books to consider.

Poetry Submissions:
What we’re looking for: We’ll know it when we read it. That’s really the only honest answer.
What we’re NOT looking for: Nothing bitter. No artificial sweeteners. Nothing that belongs on the kiddie menu, though keep in mind that there may be children with us at the breakfast table.

Read this post for more insight on what we are looking for.

We nominate for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize, so send us your best!

NO Simultaneous Submissions, please.

We do NOT accept work that has been previously published by a third party (i.e. publisher other than yourself) – previously self-published work is accepted.

We no longer accept submission of poems previously published in books. Instead we now review poetry books. Scroll down for book review guidelines.

Response time is 2 to 5 weeks for poetry submissions.

How to Send Poetry Submissions:

  • Submit 3 to 7 poems at a time.
  • Poems should be between 8 and 25 lines.
  • Email submissions to
  • In the subject line put POETRY SUBMISSION – Your Name (example: POETRY SUBMISSION – Jane Doe).
  • Put your poems in the body of the email. It’s so much easier for us if you put it in the email. If absolutely necessary for formatting issues, you may attach your submission in a word .doc or .docx.
  • Include a brief 3rd person bio under 175 words (a link to your site or blog can be included).
  • Include, if you have them, your Twitter and Instagram usernames, and your Facebook page so we can tag you when sharing your work.
  • By submitting your work, you grant Poetry Breakfast the right to post your work on our site indefinitely.  You also grant us permission to share your posted poem via our social networks.  All rights remain with the author and you may request your work be removed from our site at any time, however, we cannot guarantee it will be removed from shared social media.


Poetry Book Reviews and Recommendations:
We’ve added something new to Poetry Breakfast – Poetry Book Reviews and Recommendations. You can now submit your poetry book for possible review and recommendation.

If accepted for the Reviews and Recommendations, we will write up a brief review and publish one or two poems from the collection. Also included will be your brief bio and direct link(s) to where the book can be purchased.

We also have a Poetry Books to Consider section. While we do not give a full review on these books, the basic info, author bio and links to where the books can be purchased are listed.

All books submitted will be considered first for Reviews and Recommendations. If not accepted there, we will then consider them for Poetry Books to Consider.

How to Submit Poetry Books for Review:

  • Email submissions to
  • In the subject line put BOOK SUBMISSION – Your Name ( example: BOOK SUBMISSION – Jane Doe).
  • Attach a pdf, epub, Word doc. or docx. copy of the book. You may also send a physical copy. Email us for a mailing address. Please note that postal submissions will not be returned.
  • Attach a picture of the book cover, preferably a jpeg.
  • Include the book title and name of publisher. Self-published books are welcome.
  • Include your book blurb or description.
  • Include links to where the book can be purchased.
  • Include a brief 3rd person bio under 175 words (a link to your site or blog can be included).
  • If selected for our Reviews and Recommendations we will publish one or two poems along with the review. If there are poems you would like published or ones you do not want us to publish with the review, include that information in your submission.

Response time on books is 2 to 3 months.