Submission to the Founders' Prize is currently OPEN.
Submission period: September 1 - October 15.

Our diverse group of editors looks for the very best in contemporary writing, and we have created a dynamic process of soliciting and reading new work by local, national, and international writers. We read for previously unpublished poems, translations, and flash-fiction.

We welcome all styles of poems, and look for work which is well-crafted, reflects passion, originality, engagement with contemporary culture, and a love affair with language.


Group your submission in a single, typed document: (Word or PDF only) with your name, phone number, and email on each page. Translations must include a copy of the work in its original language and the translator is responsible for the author’s permission to use his or her material.

Cover letter: In the comments box, tell us a little bit about you and your publications, and how you heard about RHINO Poetry

We consider (up to 5 pages total):

  • Poetry ( 3-5 poems) - all poems are automatically considered for our Editors' Prize.

  • Translations of poetry ( 3-5 poems) Occasionally we award a Translation Prize.

  • Flash fiction (500 words or less)

  • Founders' Prize (up to 5 poems) September 1 - October 15.

We do not consider:

  • More than one submission per reading period

  • Work that has been previously published on any website or in any print publication

  • Work already planned for publication in a chapbook, book, or elsewhere

  • Unsolicited reviews

  • Unsolicited interviews

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To submit your work, please visit our online submissions manager by clicking the button below.

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