TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

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: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics