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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.

Word documents are preferred, but RTF and PDF are okay and sometimes better for retaining formatting if you are working with visual forms.Your name and identifying information should not appear in the file name or inside the file. We have added optional demographic questions to the submissions form to help us track our efforts in creating an inclusive literary space. Submissions readers don’t see any identifying information.

Because we do not currently pay contributors, we do not charge a submission fee, nor do we charge readers for access to the issues. All contributors are added to our mailing list for the unique print issue that appears each January; we’ll continue that lifetime subscription as long as we can afford it. We are also working on a way to compensate contributors with small honoraria.

We 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.


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 and seek out review copies that represent an inclusive literary landscape. Use this website’s Contact form for inquires, or you 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. In that case, check back in a few weeks.

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.

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