Thanks for sharing your work with Rattle! All of our content comes from unsolicited submissions—we couldn't exist without you, and we want this process to be as easy and friendly as possible. For more information, see our full guidelines page.

Overview:

  • Rattle publishes unsolicited poetry, translations, and book reviews.
  • General submissions are open year-round, always welcomed, and always free. 
  • Rattle does not accept work that has been previously curated, in print or online—poems may be self-published on social media, blogs, or message boards, but cannot have been published in books, magazines, or galleries open to the public. We want to be the first publisher to highlight the poems, but never want to discourage anyone from sharing their poems themselves.
  • Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. 
  • Contributors to the print magazine receive $200 and a complimentary one-year subscription. Poems for "Online" categories receive $100.
  • All submissions are automatically considered for the annual Neil Postman Award for Metaphor, a $2,000 prize judged by the editors.
  • Separate from general and themed (and always free) submissions, we also offer the annual $15,000 Rattle Poetry Prize and the Rattle Chapbook Prize—for each of those, a submission fee of $25 includes a one-year subscription to the magazine. 


VERY IMPORTANT:

  1. Submissions cannot be revised after submission. If you need to edit a submission, please simply withdraw it and submit again. Note that typos and minor changes never affect our decisions—proofreading is what editors are for. If you've made a significant mistake, use the internal messaging system to send a new file as an attachment.   
  2. Make only one submission of up to four poems within a category at a time. Do not make another submission in that same category until we've replied (usually takes 1 - 6 months). If you'd like to withdraw a single poem and not the whole submission, just log in, click on the submission, and send a message to let us know which. 
  3. Don't include any contact information in the file(s) that you submit. Your name and contact info will be included in the Submittable fields, and this will make it easier for us to read fairly.

For more detailed information about rights, rules, privacy, and payments for publication, see our full guidelines.

NOTE: Please don't query to ask if we have a reply to your submission yet. If the status says "received" or "in-progress," then it's received and in-progress. We always go as fast as we can, but we're only human and the submission flow waxes and wanes, so response times vary considerably. 


We like poems of any length. Try to send several poems as opposed to a single piece, but no more than four in a submission—up to four poems may be included in a single file, in separate files, or pasted/typed into the text box provided on the next page.  Do not include your name or contact info in the file/box with the poems. Do not make another submission in this category until we've replied. 

We’re looking for previously unpublished poems that move us, that might make us laugh or cry, or teach us something new. We like both free verse and traditional forms—we try to publish a representative mix of what we receive. We read a lot of poems, and only those that are unique, insightful, and musical stand out—regardless of style. Since our issues include about 50 pages of poetry, one of the main things we’re looking for is diversity; we have enough room to be eclectic, and we plan on using it. So while most magazines suggest reading their back issues to get a sense of what they like to publish, we’d suggest reading to get a sense of what we’re having trouble finding—if you notice a style or subject matter that we don’t seem to be publishing, send us that!

Because of the nature of the traditional publication apparatus, poetry doesn't often respond in a timely way to current events—but we think it could. To test this hypothesis, we'd like to try publishing a poem online each Sunday (if we receive any that we like) that responds to a news story or public event from the previous week, and has been written in the time since.

Selected poems will appear as the Sunday poem at Rattle.com, with occasional extra poems Tuesday or Thursday, which are fed to over 10,000 people via our RSS feed and daily email service. Poets will receive $100 and a complimentary subscription to the print magazine.

The deadline for each week is Friday at midnight PST. The poems must respond to news that occurred in the previous week, and have been written in the time since. 

Include a brief explanation as to what the poem is about. Feel free to submit to this category as often as you'd like, even within the same week, and even if you have other general, tribute, or contest submissions pending. 

There's a long tradition of poetry responding to art (and vice versa), and we thought it would be fun to post these challenges. Every month we will post an image on our Ekphrastic Challenge page. Poets will then have one month to write a poem in response to that specific image

After the deadline (the last day of each month), Rattle's editor and the artist who provided the image will each select their favorite poem, which will be published online the next month. Submissions to this category will only be considered as responses to the single image posted for the current month. If your poem isn't written in response to that image, please use the General Poems category instead. 

Our Fall 2023 issue will be dedicated to poems written in response to prompts. The poems may be any subject, style, or length, but must have been generated by a writing prompt. Include a note beneath each poem briefly explaining what the prompt was and where it came from. 

We no longer publish essays, but always include a contributor notes section, where we ask in this case why you enjoy writing prompt poems. 

You may submit up to four previously unpublished poems (or pages of short poems) at the same time, either in a single file or up to four files. Do not include your name or contact info within the file content. Do not submit more work in this category until we've replied.

There are too few venues these days for serious, high quality, critically minded reviews of poetry books. Poetry matters, and we want to do as much as we can to treat it that way. We're looking for insightful and entertaining reviews of contemporary poetry books that serve as more than advertisements—we want to publish reviews that expand our understanding of literature. 

Reviews must be at least 1,000 words (no upper limit) and include actual analysis of the text. 

Do not submit reviews if the author is a close friend, colleague, or former student. 

We hope to publish one review each month, and will pay $200 for every accepted review. 

NOTE: Submissions to this category are NOT considered for publication. There is no entry fee or payment for participating. To give everyone a chance, please do not enter if you've had worked critiqued here in the last year. 

This is the entry portal for our monthly Critique of the Week drawing. Every Friday at 12pm ET, Rattle's editor hosts a livestreamed poetry critique on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, offering suggestions and feedback. The viewing audience is encouraged to participate. The goal is to help us all become better poets through the honest sharing of our reactions, similar to the experience of an MFA roundtable workshop. Be sure to follow us on Facebook or subscribe on YouTube so that you don't miss the weekly critique. 

Once a month there is a drawing to choose the next set of participants. Every active submission in this category will be included in the drawing—but only one entry per person. 

Include two poems to be critiqued with your entry here, but if you'd like to change them after you are chosen, you will be able to do so. 

Note that videos will remain archived and viewable by the public for at least two weeks and then indefinitely until a participating poets request their video to be deleted. 

If you'd also like to submit artwork, please use this category and submit up to six JPGs. Most often we only use art for our covers, which are full-bleed, 9" x 6".  In order to publish a cover we will need a file with at least 300 ppi—but please submit smaller screen-res files (no larger than 1 MB each or so) for now, to keep the servers happy. 

Our upcoming themes are as follows: 

General issue - no deadline

Irish Poets - November 1st

Young Poets - November 15th

Cryptopoems - January 15th

Artwork should somehow relate to the theme. We also prefer to have covers with vibrant colors, rather than black and white. 

Artists receive $200 and a box of copies of the issue when it comes out. 



The Wrightwood Poetry Slam is now part of the annual Wrightwood Arts & Wine Festival, held Saturday, May 20, 2023. Rattle is a co-host of the festival. As part of the slam, twelve poets are invited to attended a workshop each year with a well-known slam poet, and then compete in the slam that evening. Admission to both is free to those selected, but nothing else is provided—attendees make their own travel arrangements. 

This year's featured performer is former Individual World Poetry Slam Champion Joaquin Zihuatanejo. He'll teach performance during a 2.5 hour workshop and then perform a set between rounds of the slam at 7pm.



Born and raised in the barrio of East Dallas, Joaquin strives to capture the duality of the Chicano culture. He's been called "one of the most dynamic and passionate performance poets in the country, melding equal parts comedy, poetry, and dramatic monologue into a crowd-pleasing display of verbal fireworks." Joaquin was a National Poetry Slam Finalist, a Grand Slam Spoken Word Champion, and HBO Def Poet, and has shared the stage with Billy Collins, Saul Williams, Alicia Keys, and Maya Angelou, among many others. 

Twelve of the poets who apply will be chosen based on poetic merit and a sense of their personal interest. 

The festival is held annually in the idyllic mountain town of Wrightwood (population 5,000), a mile high in the Angeles National Forest, 90 minutes from Los Angeles and two hours from San Diego. For more on the arts and town, visit wrightwoodarts.com




Rattle is a co-host of the 2023 Wrightwood Arts & Wine Festival, held on Saturday, May 30th, and will be sponsoring an author booth for mini-readings and book signings throughout the day. Interested authors may apply for one of sixteen 30-minute slots. 

As this juried booth is part of a juried, festival, authors will be chosen based on the quality of the books they will be presenting. Though Rattle is a poetry magazine, we will be including fiction and non-fiction authors as well, with the goal of presenting a diverse display of local and regional literary arts. 

The festival is held in the mountain town of Wrightwood (population 5,000), a mile high in the Angeles National Forest. The town is 90 minutes east of Los Angeles and two hours north of San Diego. For more on the arts and community, watch this documentary, which includes scenes from last year's festival: 






The Wrightwood Arts Center and Rattle magazine are excited to announce the 2023 Wrightwood Arts & Wine Festival to be held on Saturday, May 20th. The Festival exemplifies the Arts Center’s commitment to make Wrightwood a destination for dynamic engagement with the arts in Southern California and beyond. 


This one-day, juried event will feature a wide-variety of visual, culinary, literary, musical, textile and performing arts, along with wine tasting presented by regional wineries. Some highlights include:


•   Artists selling fine arts, decorative and functional art

•   Community Arts organizations

•   A variety of music performances

•   Wine tasting

•   Gourmet food

•   The annual Wrightwood Poetry Slam

•   Art activities 

•   Sponsorship opportunities


The Wrightwood Arts & Wine Festival planning committee is reaching out to regional artists to invite participation in this exciting event. The Festival will be widely marketed throughout California to highlight the growing and vibrant arts scene in Wrightwood. 


For more on the Wrightwood arts community, watch the new documentary The Inspiration You Find (above). A year in the making, and featuring footage from last year's festival, the documentary takes us into the studios of a half-dozen local artists including renowned sculptor John Frame and neon artist David Svenson.


As a juried art show, space is limited and not all artists will be accepted. In 2022, we were able to accept a large percentage of the artists who applied, but this might not be the case for 2023. 


Nevertheless, the selection committee is looking forward to reviewing your application, and we hope you'll join the fun on May 20th!


NOTE: Applications and fees are being collected by the festival's co-sponsor, Rattle magazine. Proceeds from the $15 application fees will go toward promotion of the festival. For those accepted, a separate booth fee will range from $100 - $250, not including rental of pop-up, chairs and table. Artists may bring their own 10' x 10' white pop-up, tables and chairs, or arrange for WAC to rent this for them at a separate cost.




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