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:

April 15 for the Spring issue. (May 15 release)
July 15 for the Summer issue. (August 15 release)
October 15 for the Autumn issue. (November 15 release)
January 15 for the Winter issue. (February 15 release)

Send up to 5 previously unpublished poems of any style or length in one .doc/.docx/.pdf/.rtf/.odt file to with “submission” in the subject line.

Please withhold your name from the manuscript– we take efforts to read blindly.

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 three months before submitting again.

Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. If any of your poems get accepted elsewhere before you get a response from us, send a reply to the 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 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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