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TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics welcomes submissions of poems and other writing about or related to poetry. Please read the guidelines before submitting. We read year-round. take a look at what we've published at tabjournal.org. And follow Tab Journal on Twitter @TABJournal

Tab Journal does not consider previously published work, work by individuals with current our recent affiliation with Chapman University (e.g., faculty, students, staff), or work that has nothing to do with poetry. Otherwise, send us your poems, scholarly or creative essays about poetry, interviews, art-poetry hybrids, and so on.

Please use the form appropriate for the type of work you're submitting.

If you don’t happen to see the submission forms here, that means Tab Journal is temporarily closed to submissions while we catch up with what’s in our queue. 

Tab Journal would be happy to consider your poems for publication.

Submit 3-5 unpublished poems of any length in a single file. Your name and identifying information should not appear in the file name or inside the file. Word documents are preferred, but RTF and PDF are okay and sometimes better for retaining formatting if you are working with visual forms. 

Because we are not currently able to pay contributors, we do not charge a submission fee. We consider simultaneous submissions, but expect writers contact us immediately through Submittable messaging to withdraw part of your submission or to withdraw your submission entirely if the work is accepted elsewhere.

Chapman University (the institutional home of Tab Journal) shall have First North American Serial Rights to publish accepted work electronically and/or in print. Publication rights revert to the author upon publication in Tab Journal, but we do retain permission to republish and to submit to other outlets such as the Pushcart Prizes. In addition, we require poets to provide an audio file or give Tab Journal permission to make a recording of the accepted poem(s).

If you want to submit something other than poems, please use the appropriate form, not this one.

Tab Journal is a poetry-oriented journal and welcomes essays that have something to do with poetry. We cannot consider essays that don't connect with poetry. The following categories tend to be the sort of prose that interests the editorial team and our readership, but we are open to considering a wide variety of work that explores poetry.

Short Essays: Submit an essay of up to 500-3500 words on aesthetics, the writing process, pedagogy, publishing, or other topics related to poetry and poetics.

Long Essays: Submit a scholarly essay of 4000-8000 words on aesthetics, on theory, or of a literary-critical bent. Please cite as appropriate, using MLA style.

Your name and identifying information should not appear in the file name or inside the file. Word documents are preferred, but RTF and PDF are okay and sometimes better for retaining formatting if you are working with visual forms. 

Because we are not currently able to pay contributors, we do not charge a submission fee. We consider simultaneous submissions, but expect writers to withdraw your submission immediately if it is accepted elsewhere.

Chapman University (the institutional home of Tab Journal) shall have First North American Serial Rights to publish accepted work electronically and/or in print. Publication rights revert to the author upon publication in Tab Journal, but we do retain permission to republish and to submit to other outlets such as the Pushcart Prizes.

If you want to submit something other than a scholarly or creative essay related to poetry, please use the appropriate form, not this one. We do not currently accept book reviews by individuals not on staff with Tab Journal.

Tab Journal welcomes submissions of all things related to poetry. We'd be happy to look at your poetry-artwork hybrid, a collaboration about some aspect of poetry, or other interesting stuff that might fit our project's vision.

Your name and identifying information should not appear in the file name or inside the file. Word documents are preferred, but RTF and PDF are okay and sometimes better for retaining formatting if you are working with visual forms.  Any images in artwork or art-poetry hybrid work must be high resolution (300 dpi at 100% scale).

Because we are not currently able to pay contributors, we do not charge a submission fee. We consider simultaneous submissions, but expect writers to withdraw your submission immediately if it is accepted elsewhere.

Chapman University (the institutional home of Tab Journal) shall have First North American Serial Rights to publish accepted Work electronically and/or in print. Publication rights revert to the author upon publication in Tab Journal, but we do retain permission to republish and to submit to other outlets such as the Pushcart Prizes.

If you want to submit poems or a scholarly or creative essay related to poetry, please use the appropriate form, not this one. We do not currently accept book reviews by individuals not on staff with Tab Journal.

TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics