Submission Guidelines

In the summer of 2011, Jen Lambert and I put out our first call for submissions for burntdistrict, and we were honored and gratified at the work you shared with us. We’re asking you to trust us once again as we transition burntdistrict into an online format. We have loved so much about the physicality of a print journal but our commitment to sustainability (both fiscal and environmental) has pushed us to reconsider. So much about the journal will be staying the same—the excellence of the work, the careful selection of diverse voices, and our vision of community will remain unchanged, as will our twice yearly publication schedule.
One change the online format will offer us is the ability to broadcast your poems farther and wider, and we are delighted about that.

One other change that excites us is the opportunity to reinvigorate the journal with new visions and passions. We are so excited to announce that poet and former burntdistrict contributor Lauren Gordon has agreed to guest edit this very first on-line issue. Jen and I are tremendous fans of Lauren’s work and we can’t wait to see her vision come to life.

Lauren Gordon is the author of four chapbooks, Meaningful Fingers (Finishing Line Press, 2014), Keen (Horse Less Press, 2014), Fiddle Is Flood (Blood Pudding Press, 2015) and Generalizations About Spines (Yellow Flag Press, 2015). She is also a Contributing Editor to Radius Lit.

Of “poems with bite” she says: I’m talking about the kind of poems that demand a third and fourth reading… The kind of poem that stays in your consciousness long after you’ve read it. A poem you feel in your body when you read it.

Submissions are open. Send us your poems.

Look for the new issue to launch with a fully redesigned website in Spring of 2016.

Submission guidelines are as follows.

Submit up to 5 previously unpublished poems through our online submission manager. Combine all poems into a single file. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please indicate that your work is under consideration elsewhere, and notify us immediately when your work is accepted. A cover letter is appreciated but not required. We have no restrictions as to form and content.

Unless we request to see more of your work, please submit no more than once in 6 months.



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