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Tab Journal welcomes submissions of all things related to poetry: original poems in English, English translations of poems in other languages, poetry-artwork combinations, creative essays about poetry, critical essays about specific poems or poets, interviews with poets, and other work related to poetry. We welcome submissions from writers with a variety of backgrounds, experiences, voices, and aesthetics and encourage BIPOC, LGBTQ, and Disabled poets to send us work.

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 for access to the issues.

We consider simultaneous submissions, but expect writers to 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 and Best of the Net.

The Tab staff contributes book reviews, and we welcome and seek out review copies that represent an inclusive literary landscape. Use this website’s Contact form for inquires or DM us on Twitter @TabJournal.

We read submissions year-round. If you don’t see the Tab submission forms on our Submittable page, that means Tab Journal is temporarily closed for submissions while we catch up and plan for the future. I that case, check back in a few weeks.