How to submit:

  • Please send 1-3 of your unpublished poems to Kate Garrett at Send them in the body of an email, or a Word document – please do not send PDFs.
  • Please, please check your work for typos and spelling mistakes.
  • Please also include a short (no more than 100 words) third-person bio – as factual or funny as you like.
  • Please NO simultaneous submissions. We have accepted them for over 2 years now, but they are beginning to cause problems lately – people do not withdraw their work, either from us, or from other magazines (on average this happens once every 1-2 weeks). I have four journals, five kids, and my patience has finally gone where this is concerned. I respond in 10-14 days max anyway, usually much faster (sometimes you will get a reply in 0-12 hours), so that isn’t a very long wait really.
  • I don’t like to be strict with line limits, but I’d say if your poem is longer than 3 pages, you can try us, but we might not be the right place for it.
  • There is no specific theme or poetic style. Just send me your gut-stabbing or tear-jerking or I-can’t-breathe-from-laughing words. If you need an idea of what we like, what you should send, check out our Rogues’ Gallery, and read back issues.
  • I only ask for one-time rights – once your work has appeared in Picaroon Poetry, you can do what you want with it. But giving us a credit would be nice.
  • I look forward to reading your work!