We read general submissions: April 1 – July 31.

Founders’ Contest submissions are accepted September 1 – October 31. Reading Fee: $15

We accept one submission per each reading period. All submissions are considered for our Editor’s Prize.

We strongly prefer online submissions (link below).

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 We read for previously unpublished poems, translations, and flash-fiction.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. All entries considered for the Editors’ Prize.

Our basic editorial principle, however, is unwavering—we’re looking to publish the best work we can find. For additional information about what we are looking for, we have provided some resources here and frequently asked questions.  You can read more about our editors here.

We consider (up to 5 pages total) –

  1. Poetry  ( 3-5 poems) – all poems also considered for our Editors’ Prize.
  2. Translations of poetry ( 3-5 poems) Occasionally we award a Translation Prize.
  3. Flash fiction (500 words or less)
  4. Founders’ Prize (up to 5 poems) September 1 – October 31.

We do not consider:

  • More than one submission per reading period (Submission limit per poet/flash fiction is once for general submissions and once during Founders’ Prize reading periods)
  • 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

Online Submissions (preferred)


  • When using our online submissions page, please be sure to add RHINO Poetry‘s submissions email address ( to your spam blocker software.
  • Translations must be accompanied by the work in its original language and the translator is responsible for the author’s permission to use his or her material (if applicable).
  • Authors receive one author copy and a discount on additional copies.
  • We invite writers we have published to read at our release party and other events.
  • We solicit recordings of the published pieces for our Big Horn Blog audio poem series.
  • Please click here for additional guidelines and submission information about the Founders’ Prize (there is no application process for the Editors’ Prize — all general submissions are considered for the Editors’ Prize)

Mail Submissions

  • Type your manuscript. Please label each poem with your name, address, telephone number, and email address for ease in contacting you.
  • Cover letter: Tell us a little bit about you and your publications, and how you heard about RHINO Poetry.
  • Translations must be accompanied by the work in its original language and the translator is responsible for the author’s permission to use his or her material.
  • Self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification (manuscripts are recycled).
  • Send your submission by first class mail to:

RHINO Poetry – Submissions
P.O. Box 591
Evanston, IL 60204

If you still have questions, please refer to our FAQ.