The Inflectionist Review has a strong preference for non-linear work that carefully constructs ambiguity so that the reader can play an active role in the poem. In general, we commend the experimental, the worldly and universal, and eschew the inane, trendy, and overly personal. Work that reveals multiple layers with further readings. Work that speaks to people across borders, across literary and cultural boundaries, across time periods, is more likely to fascinate us (and the reader).

Though the editors have a special interest in shorter poems, we are open to longer works that adhere to our general philosophy. Multi-sectioned or thematically-linked poems are also encouraged.

Novice and seasoned writers are welcome to submit; it is the quality and strength of the work that ultimately determines its inclusion in our journal. Unfortunately, we  cannot offer payment for the publication of your work. The Inflectionist Review annually nominates published work for The Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and Orison Poetry Anthology. Contributors are invited to read in the Inflectionist Reading Series.

We are especially interested in artful exploration of POC, LGBTQ and other social justice issues and seek to support poets from underrepresented backgrounds.

  1. We read poetry submissions year round.
  2. You may submit 3-7 poems at a time.
    Translations are welcome. 
  3. Please include all poems in one document,
    uploadable via our submission manager.
  4. Do not include any personal information in the
    document, as submissions are read blindly.
  5. In the Comments section, please include a
    cover letter and a short biographical statement, including previous
  6. Turn-around time is approximately 3 months.
  7. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but
    please email us at to withdraw a piece that has been
    accepted elsewhere.
  8. As a general rule, previously published work
    is not accepted. However, if you truly feel a certain poem is a perfect fit for
    us and if you hold the rights to it, we are open to considering it. Do include
    its previous publication credit.

    * The Inflectionist Review annually nominates published work for The Pushcart

          * Due to HTML limitations, we will try, but may not be able to, reproduce very particular, complicated poem layouts.

We look for reviews of collections from a diverse group of poets with something unique and powerful to say.  We prefer not to publish negative reviews, but it’s fine to discuss a specific weakness, lack, or question you have related to the collection. We actively encourage, though do not limit ourselves to, reviews of collections from underrepresented poets. 

  • Reviews should be under 1000 words, but mini-reviews are particularly encouraged.
  • Books must be published by an independent or university press. 
  • Books must be recently published (within the last year).
  • Please include brief (50 word) bios for both the reviewer and reviewed poet.
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