Written by Ella Peary September 14th, 2023

Only Poems: Now Seeking Poetry Submissions

Only Poems is a brand-new online poetry journal, edited by two award-winning poets, Shannan Mann and Karan Kapoor.

Most literary journals only publish one, or sometimes two poems by each poet, but Only Poems publishes poems in small collections to give the reader a representation of the range and complexity of each poet featured in the journal. “We believe in publishing poets (as opposed to poems).” They also hope to publish emerging poets alongside established ones, and they pay authors $55 for each collection of poems published in their journal.

Only Poems is open to submissions year-round, and right now they’re seeking submissions for their first issue. Poets may submit up to 10 poems, 10 pages or fewer total. Submitting poets can expect a response relatively quickly, within two weeks. Poets should wait three months between submissions.

Only Poems aims to publish a wide range of forms of styles of poetry: “We love prose poems, traditional forms (ghazals, villanelles, sestinas), love poems, sex poems, and experimental questionnaires, but we are not married to a style or genre.” They also aim to publish poets from around the world.

Only Poems accepts submissions via email, not online or by post. They accept simultaneous submissions but ask that authors withdraw poems published elsewhere. They do not accept previously published work.

Only Poems only accepts submissions that follow the guidelines they’ve posted online. Please read these guidelines in full before submitting.

If you would like to learn more or submit to Only Poems, please visit their website here.

Bio: Ella Peary is the pen name for an author, editor, creative writing mentor, and submission consultant. Over the past five years, she’s written hundreds of articles for Authors Publish, and she’s also served as a copywriter and copy editor for a wide range of organizations and individuals. She is the author of The Quick Start Guide to Flash Fiction. She occasionally teaches a course on flash fiction. You can contact her at ellapeary@gmail.com.


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