Tab Journal

TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics welcomes submissions of poems and other writing about or related to poetry. Send us your original poems in English, English translations of poems in other languages, scholarly or creative essays about poetry, interviews, visual poems or art-poetry hybrids, or other possibilities.

We are working to foster an increasingly inclusive submissions pool and literary project. We welcome submissions especially from BIPOC, LGBTQ, and Disabled poets. While we keep submissions anonymous during the initial reading, please include a short biographical/professional statement in the form's cover letter section to add context for your submission. In addition, we've added optional self-identifying questions to help track and foster an increasingly inclusion submissions pool.

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Tab Journal does not charge a submission fee, and the issues are freely available on the website. For poetry accepted in 2022 for the July, September, and November issues, we expect to pay a $50 honorarium to poem contributors. (We are currently not able to compensate contributors for essays.)

Please use the form appropriate for the type of work you're submitting and read those specific guidelines.

Tab Journal does not consider previously published work, work by individuals with current or recent affiliation with Chapman University (e.g., faculty, students, staff), or work that has nothing to do with poetry.

We read year-round. 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 and plan for the future. If that's the case, check back in a few weeks.


Tab Journal would be happy to consider your poems for publication. We welcome submissions from writers with a variety of backgrounds, experiences, voices, and aesthetics.

Submit 3-5 unpublished poems of any length in a single file.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 elements. 

We do not charge a submission fee. We expect to pay $50 to each poem contributor in the July, September, and November issues of 2022.We consider simultaneous submissions, but expect writers to 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 and Best of the Net. In addition, we require poets to provide an audio file or give Tab Journal permission to make a recording of the accepted poem(s) for added accessibility.

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

Please do not submit more than once in a six-month period unless asked to do so.

Tab Journal is open to considering a  variety of critical work that explores poetry. We remain open to critical essays that address aesthetics, process, pedagogy, publishing, or other topics related to poetry and poetics. In keeping with some of the scholarly interests of the editorial team, we are currently interested especially in essays focusing on poetry therapy, disability studies, or medical humanities. We welcome submissions from writers with a variety of backgrounds, experiences, voices, and aesthetics. Please do not submit an essay that doesn't have something substantial to do with poetry.

Short Essays: We publish short critical pieces of 800-2500 words. A journalistic style with in-sentence acknowledgment of source material may work well for shorter pieces, but attribution must be clear in the text; otherwise, use scholarly citation using MLA style is necessary.

Long Essays: We are looking especially for longer scholarly essays of 3000-8000 words. Please cite source material in text and with works cited, 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. 

Because we are not currently able to pay essay 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 and Best American Essays. We are currently not able to compensate contributors for essays.

If you want to submit something other than a scholarly essay related to poetry, please use the appropriate form, not this one. We do not currently accept book reviews by individuals who are not part of the Tab staff.

Please do not submit more than once in a six-month period unless asked to do so.

Tab Journal welcomes submissions of all things related to poetry. We'd be happy to look at your visual poems, poetry-artwork hybrid, an artistic collaboration about some aspect of poetry, or other interesting stuff that might fit our project's vision. We consider and have published translations as well. We welcome submissions from writers with a variety of backgrounds, experiences, voices, and aesthetics.

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).

We do not charge a submission fee. We expect to pay $50 to each poem contributor in the July, September, and November issues of 2022. 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 and Best of the Net.

If you want to submit poems without significant artistic/visual elements 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. We also don't consider artwork in which poetry isn't integral in some way. We want to see cool poetry-oriented stuff and remain open to iterations we haven't considered before.

Please do not submit more than once in a six-month period unless asked to do so.

Tab Journal is open to creative nonfiction that explores poetry. We remain open to creative essays about poetry that use experience, observation, a hermit form, or a hybrid approach as a way to explore aesthetics, process, or other topics related to poetry and poetics. We welcome submissions from writers with a variety of backgrounds, experiences, voices, and aesthetics. Please do not submit an essay that doesn't have something substantial to do with poetry.

We recommend a length of 500-2500 words for creative essays. If your essay is longer and has a scholarly bent, you may want to consider the call for critical essays instead.

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 essay 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 and Best American Essays. We are currently not able to compensate contributors for essays.

If you want to submit something other than a creative essay related to poetry, please use the appropriate form, not this one. We do not currently accept book reviews by individuals who are not part of the Tab staff.

Please do not submit more than once in a six-month period unless asked to do so.

TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics