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Best New Poets is an annual anthology of 50 poems from emerging writers. Each year, a guest editor selects 50 poems from nominations made by literary magazines and writing programs, as well as an open internet competition.

Each February, we contact writing programs and literary magazines and send them instructions on how to nominate their writers. Programs and magazines will have until May 15 to make nominations. After that date, we contact their nominated poets and ask those writers to upload work during our May 15 to June 15 submission window. So, if you've just had a poem published in a magazine or are enrolled in a creative writing program, you might consider asking them to nominate you.

If you don't receive a program or magazine nomination, there's also the open internet competition, which is open to all writers who have not published a book-length collection of poetry. Unlike the free magazine and program nominations, the open competition requires a reading fee of $4.00 (We know. We don't like fees either. Read our FAQs to learn more.) All poems are submitted online through Submittable.

We cannot suppose we know what poetry will look like in twenty years; perhaps not even what it will look like tomorrow. But this is a glimpse at today: the energy, openness, and chutzpah of the new.
— D.A. Powell, Best New Poets Guest Editor 2011


Submissions: Open May 15 - June 15, 2016

Nominations: Now through May 15, 2016


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