Submission Guidelines

Pinhole Poetry reads submissions on a rolling basis. Please submit up to five poems or three photographs as an attachment to your submission email. We don’t want to discourage anyone with a lot of rules, but there are a few things to keep in mind:

Epic poems have their place, but it probably won’t be here at Pinhole Poetry. We encourage you to submit poems that are no longer than two standard pages.

If you have content that might be disturbing to look at, please include a content warning at the top of your submission.

We will consider and challenge ourselves with poetry that falls anywhere on this spectrum:

Lyric |——–|——–|——–|——–| Narrative

but the poems that we gravitate toward usually fall somewhere between the second and fourth tick.

Only send us previously unpublished poems (that includes work published on your own website or to your instagram/twitter account) or original lensless photographs that you are the copyright holder for.

Use a legible 12 pt font. If you have special formatting requirements, please make note of it in your submission email.

In the body of your email, please include a short bio and any social media accounts or personal websites you may want us to share.

***During our first submission call, we received a handful of poems that we loved and wanted to publish, but that we also thought needed a bit of polish. Because poetry is so personal, and unwanted advice is not something we want to hand out, we had to make some difficult editorial decisions. So, going forward, we have a new policy!***

Please state in your cover letter email if you are open to editorial guidance on your submitted poems. This guidance will be limited to poems that we want to publish. You can choose different answers for each poem you submit, but please make it obvious to us which ones are open to advice. Don’t be afraid to say “No thanks, not for me.” Trust your poem and your own instinct. Answer honestly. It’s not always easy-on-the-ego to get feedback, no matter how gently it is delivered. Of course that doesn’t mean you have to accept all suggestions, but it does mean that we will be working toward something together and we expect the working relationship to be kind, patient and cooperative on both sides. (We hope this new policy will help us and you, the poet. This way, if a poem is perfectly done in your opinion, but still not quite right for us, we’ll know to let that poem go to find a more suitable home.) 

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but contact us as soon as possible if your work is no longer available. If we accept your work, please allow six months from publication before you submit to us again. If we have said ‘no’ to your work and have not encouraged you to submit again, please wait four months.

We will pay an honorarium to each contributor ($5 CAD), but we’d be happy to reinvest it back into Pinhole Poetry if you so desire. We will share your work on all of our social media platforms and invite all interested contributors to be featured on our Interviews page.

Submissions should be sent to pinholepoetry@gmail.com titled simply as submission in the subject line. Attachments should be .pdf or .doc for poetry and jpegs for photography.

And if you want to get creative while you wait for a response, check out these instructions for making your own pinhole camera : https://www.pinhole.cz/en/pinholecameras/dirkon_01.html

Thank you for submitting. We can’t wait to look at your work!

photo credit: Ilya Inozemtsev, 35mm panoramic, Kodak Gold 200

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