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Poetry Guidelines

Call for Submissions: Poetry

The Freeman accepts poetry submissions year-round to be considered for publication. Poems appear online, and some are selected to appear in the quarterly print magazine as well. 

Although each issue has a theme of its own, poems need not relate to any theme. Our primary criterion is always literary excellence.


The Freeman acquires first North American serial rights for each poem or translation published. Rights revert to the author or translator upon publication, though the Freeman must be credited with first publication in any subsequent publication. (E.g., “'Name of Poem' originally appeared in the Freeman.”)