Tab Journal Special Feature:
Book-Spine Poems for Pandemic Times
Submission Deadline: June 15, 2020
See guidelines on our Submittable page.

Tab Journal welcomes submissions of all things related to poetry: poems (including translations), poetry-artwork combinations, creative essays about poetry, critical essays about specific poetry texts or poets, interviews, and other work related to poetry. The Tab staff contributes book reviews as well.


Your name and identifying information should not appear in the file name or inside the file.

Word documents are preferred, but RTF and PDF are okay and sometimes better for retaining formatting if you are working with visual forms.

Because we do not currently pay contributors, we do not charge a submission fee, nor do we charge readers.

We consider simultaneous submissions, but expect writers contact us immediately through Submittable messaging to withdraw part or all of your submission if it is accepted elsewhere.

Chapman University (the institutional home of Tab Journal) shall have First North American Serial Rights to publish accepted Work online and/or in print. We also ask that poets provide an audio file or give Tab Journal permission to record the poem. Publication rights revert to the author upon publication in Tab Journal, but we do retain permission to republish and to submit to other outlets such as the Pushcart Prizes.


If you don’t see the Tab forms on our Submittable page, that means Tab Journal is temporarily closed for submissions. If that happens, check back later, as we read submissions year-round.

If you are a current or recent graduate student, we recommend that you submit to Anastamos, the literary journal based at Chapman University that is devoted to publishing all sorts of prose works by graduate students from across the globe.

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