Dear 2016 submitters:

We're dreadfully behind our intended schedule, but plan to have our final 50 poets determined and make notifications in about two to three weeks--by mid-October. As of this posting, we have not notified anyone of any status. Entrants sometimes ask us to reveal who has made it (or not made it) through to the guest editor, but we don't take this step. We know some of you will disagree with our thinking, but we believe it's best for the final acceptances and declines to come from the anthology as a whole, and not just one part of the process. So we apologize again for being very slow this year, and for keeping all of you waiting. We ask for a little more patience as we get to the final announcements (and then typesetting and publication).

-- BNP 9/23/2016


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.

We are currently taking submissions on Submittable here.

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 20, 2016

Nominations: Completed

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