Best New Poets 2016 will be guest edited by Mary Szybist. 

Our submission system is on Submittable here.

From May 15 to June 20, 2016, any poet meeting our eligibility requirements may submit his or her work by uploading a submission (in a single .doc, .docx, or .rtf document) containing no more than two poems. Your name should not appear anywhere in the document or in the file name.

Each submission of two poems requires a reading fee of $4.50, which helps us pay our readers and award complimentary copies of the anthology to our 50 selected writers.

All entries for the open competition must be submitted through Submittable and require a credit card for payment. Poets may enter as many times as they would like.

Poets who have been nominated by magazines or writing programs and have received a coupon code for a free submission may also pay to submit additional, non-nominated work through the open competition.

We judge all entries blindly. Our readers don't prioritize one entry source over another. The significant number of open competition selections in our anthologies reflects that we judge each poem on its own terms.


Submissions will open MAY 15, 2016.


Announcement of Finalists

We will announce our final 50 poets in August by posting the results on our blog and emailing all of the entrants. We do not publish the list of semi-finalists whose poems were passed on to the guest editor, and cannot provide this information.

For more details on how we manage the submissions, see our FAQ page.