TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics welcomes submissions of poems and other writing about or related to poetry. Send us your original poems in English, English translations of poems in other languages, scholarly or creative essays about poetry, interviews, visual poems or art-poetry hybrids, or other possibilities.
We are working to foster an increasingly inclusive submissions pool and poetry reading experience. We welcome submissions especially from BIPOC, LGBTQ, and Disabled poets. While we keep submissions anonymous during the initial reading, please include a short biographical/professional statement in the form’s cover letter section to add context for your submission. In addition, we’ve added optional self-identifying questions to help track and foster an increasingly inclusion submissions pool.
Tab Journal does not charge a submission fee, and the issues are freely available in the Archives on this website. For poetry accepted in 2022 for the July, September, and November issues, we expect to pay a $50 honorarium to poem contributors only.
Please use the form appropriate for the type of work you’re submitting and read those specific guidelines.
Tab Journal does not consider previously published work, work by individuals with current or recent affiliation with Chapman University (e.g., faculty, students, staff), or work that has nothing to do with poetry. We do consider simultaneous submissions, but expect writers to contact us immediately through Submittable to withdraw part (a message) or all (a withdraw) of your submission if it is accepted elsewhere.
We read year-round. If you don’t happen to see the submission forms here, that means Tab Journal is temporarily closed to submissions while we catch up with what’s in our queue and plan for the future. If that’s the case, check back in a few weeks.
Chapman University and 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 and Best of the Net.
The Tab staff contributes book reviews, and we welcome review copies that help us create an inclusive literary landscape. Use this website’s Contact form for inquires, or DM us on Twitter @TabJournal.
Individuals who are unable to use Submittable can use the Contact form to ask the best way to submit or can submit by regular post if you include an SASE, though we have been experiencing postal service issues.