The Guidelines

We strive to publish poetry that takes risks while working within clearly defined frameworks.

Please send no more than five previously unpublished poems at a time in a single document through our Submittable portal, which is now open. You should clearly convey the formal framework of each poem in your cover letter to preclude all questions of  authorial intent. Include a brief biographical note in your cover letter. We do accept simultaneous submissions.

We will not print free verse.

We will consider publishing nonce forms that work within patterns of constraint that are not based in meter or rhyme, but it is your responsibility to successfully explain these patterns in your cover letter.

If your formal framework is not immediately recognizable—or persuasively explained in your cover letter—your submission will be rejected outright.

Unsolicited email submissions will not be read. 

Please do not query. Every submission will be read in the order in which it was received by our executive editor, Ashley Anna McHugh. If you need to withdraw a single poem from your submission, you may do so by emailing

If your work might be right for Measure Review, we are accepting submissions here: