Important: We only accept prose poetry; no traditional forms (sonnets, sestinas, villanelles, limericks, etc.)

Please submit 1-3 prose poems within a single Word document and wait for a response before sending us another. If you need to withdraw an individual poem (and not the entire submission of poems) from consideration, please send an email to and let us know the title(s) that are no longer available.

Here are a few prose poems that we admire: The Fire Cycle by Zachary Schomburg and Two Prose Poems by Nin Andrews.

Please adhere to these guidelines when submitting to Pithead Chapel:

  • Name, email address, and phone number appears on the first page of your submission
  • Work is double spaced and has a 12-point font
  • Document is saved as a rtf, .doc, or .docx file (we will not accept any other file types)
  • Pithead Chapel doesn’t consider previously published work (this includes journals, blogs, etc.)
  • Your third-person bio should be included in the cover letter
We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.