The Mantle welcomes poetry submissions from you, no matter who you are or where you live.

Send your odd, poignant, beautiful poems. Send poems you’re proud of, whether raw, refined, or jagged.

Submissions are read year-round, but our issue deadlines are as follows:
July 7 for the Summer issue. (August 1 release)
October 7 for the Autumn issue. (November 1 release)
January 7 for the Winter issue. (February 1 release)
April 7 for the Spring issue. (May 1 release)

Send up to 5 previously unpublished poems of any style or length in one .doc/.docx/.pdf/.rtf/.odt file to

Include your name and an optional cover letter in the email. A 50-75 word third-person bio will be requested in the event we accept your work.

Wait for a response before submitting again. If your work is selected for publication, please wait a minimum of three months before submitting again.

Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. If any of your poems get accepted elsewhere before you get a response from us, reply to your original submission email noting which poem(s) you need to withdraw (no worries, and congrats!).

Feel free to query if you haven’t received a response after 60 days.

We ask for First Serial Rights. After a poem is published here, the contributor retains all rights. If the poem is published anywhere else after us, we kindly ask that you credit The Mantle as first publisher. We may nominate your work for awards– please let us know if you would not like to have your work nominated!

We are a non-paying market.

The Mantle can’t exist without your support and writing, and we are thankful for both. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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