Journals That Review Poetry
By Becky Tuch
At AWP 2012, many friendly folks stopped by our table to say hello and to chat. More than once, someone leaned in close as if about to tell me a secret. "I have a problem," this person would say.
"Yes?" I would say, cautious, bracing myself for an earful of personal woes.
"I can't find any journals to review my poetry chapbook."
"Ah," I'd say. "That is a problem!"
So, for all of you hustling, searching, hard-working poets out there, here is a list of journals that review poetry, with information from their websites. If you know of any other journals, feel free to add to the list. And good luck!
American Poetry Review is dedicated to reaching a worldwide audience with a diverse array of the best contemporary poetry and literary prose. APR also aims to expand the audience interested in poetry and literature, and to provide authors, especially poets, with a far-reaching forum in which to present their work...The American Poetry Review publishes original poetry, literary criticism, interviews, and essays.
Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review is a literary journal based in Austin, Texas that publishes poetry along with photographs, reviews and essays. Editors are particularly interested in essays that draw attention to the work of overlooked poets.
Boston Review is a magazine of ideas, independent and nonprofit. We cover lots of ground—politics, poetry, film, fiction, book reviews, and criticism. But a few premises tie it all together: that democracy depends on public discussion; that sometimes understanding means going deep; that vast inequalities are unjust; that human imagination breaks free from neat political categories; and that powerful images are worth piles of words.
Cider Press Review, a journal of contemporary poetry, seeks to discover and publish the best of new poetry written in English. CPR actively seeks new original work and translations into English from both established and emerging poets. Our only criterion is excellence. Cider Press Review...considers reviews of poetry books of approx. 500 words.
The Comstock Review. We greatly enjoy seeing the successes of poets we know from submissions or contest entries for our consideration. We link to poets’ and independent press websites as a service to our contributors. (To read reviews, and more info, click HERE.) Reviews appear on our web site only. Please query us prior to sending your review copy but if we are able, we would be delighted to offer a short review and celebrate your publishing success.
The Critical Flame. Founded in late 2008, as book review sections around the United States floundered and the literary world searched for new models, new paradigms, and a new raison d'etre, the mission of The Critical Flame was simple: to keep the conversation alive. A literary publication ought to be a public expression of the national discourse on literature and, more broadly, on the state and values of the culture. We go forward with the great hope that open and articulate discussion is as easily spread as wildfire, that CF will be a spark in arid kindling. When considering a title for review, we ask only, "Why is this worth reviewing?" Or perhaps a better way to put it would be, "What good is there to be had from a review of this book?" The Critical Flame is now accepting book review and critical essay submissions on fiction, verse, and non-fiction titles.
Critical Poetry Review Magazine is a journal devoted exclusively to the criticism of poetry. As such, the editorial policy of the Contemporary Poetry Review is to review books of poetry (and books concerning poets or poetry) only. The Contemporary Poetry Review does not publish poetry. Please do not submit your poetry to this review for publication. The Contemporary Poetry Review accepts unsolicited review copies, though acceptance of such copies does not guarantee a review. For further questions, contact the editor or write to: Contemporary Poetry Review/ PO Box 5222/ Arlington, VA 22205/ USA
The Hollins Critic published five times a year, presents the first serious surveys of the whole bodies of contemporary writers’ work, with complete checklists. In past issues, you’ll find essays on such writers as John Engels (by David Huddle), James McCourt (by David Rollow), Jane Hirshfield (by Jeanne Larsen), Edwidge Danticat (by Denise Shaw), Vern Rutsala (by Lewis Turco), Sarah Arvio (by Lisa Williams) and Milton Kessler (by Liz Rosenberg). The Hollins Critic also offers brief reviews of books you want to know about and poetry by poets both new and established.
Poesy accepts poetry, photography, and reviews. Our main focus is on Santa Cruz and Boston poetry, but we also accept submissions across the country. We see the poem as something to immerse the reader into a welcomed world of arresting images that jerks the eyes onto the page and leaves the reels of the mind turning long after the poem is finished. We see the poem as a work of art and save the narrative voice for the enlightenment of prose. Reviews may be submitted. Be considerate, we are a small publication and space is limited, but we can usually squeeze in all reasonable length pieces.
Poet Lore publishes original poems, book reviews, and critical essays about contemporary poetry, poetics, and poets. We make a decision on submissions within three months of receiving them. Poet Lore is published semi-annually and includes selected work in a timely manner.
Poetry International. Each issue includes translations from around the world as well as poems by: Jorge Louis Borges, Paul Celan, Rainer Maria Rilke, Marina Tsvetaeva, Octavio Paz, Kamau Brathwaite, Osip Mandelshtam, Andrianne Rich, John Ashbery, Roberto Bolano, Gerald Stern, Yusef Komynyakaa, Amir Saadi Youssef, Hayden Carruth, Gabriela Mistral, Derek Walcott, Maxine Kumin, Charles Simic, Jean Valentine, Wanda Coleman, Jane Hirshfield, Marge Piercy, Pablo Neruda, James Tate, Seamus Heaney, Ewa Lipska, Philip Levine, W.S. Merwin, Carolyn Forche, Anne Waldman, Toi Derricotte, Robert Bly, Gary Soto, Li Young Lee, and numerous others. Our book reviews section includes over 50 pages of careful consideration of poetry collections published in the previous year.
The Poetry Society. Our mission is to advance the study, use and enjoyment of poetry. The Poetry Society was founded in 1909 to 'promote "a more general recognition and appreciation of poetry". Since then, it has grown into one of Britain's most dynamic arts organisations, representing British poetry both nationally and internationally. Today it has nearly 4000 members worldwide and publishes the leading poetry magazine, Poetry Review. All books received from their publishers will be considered for review; books listed in publishers' catalogues, but not yet received, may also be called in.
Becky Tuch is the Founding Editor of The Review Review.