The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review seeks submissions of original poetry and poetry in translation year round. Our chief criterion is quality. While we have published the work of many well-known and well-published authors, we are as open to the new writer as to the established one. We are most certainly open to verse in both traditional meters and form, as well as to poems written in free-verse. Such poems, however, we hope will not forget that they are written, indeed, in verse. As has become common in the world of literary journals, we charge a small fee ($3.00), which is roughly equivalent to the cost of a returned postal submission in time and materials. Submitters may also buy a single issue or a two-year subscription in lieu of the reading fee. Current subscribers may submit to the journal for free.
We aim for a 3-4 month response time for submissions, but ours is a small staff, and we may sometimes take a bit longer. Please do not query until 5 months have passed. We will accept simultaneous submissions but appreciate being informed as soon as possible should a poem or poems become unavailable. Please upload your poems in a single document.