phantom limb is currently accepting poetry submissions as well as queries for book reviews. we read year-round and publish quarterly.

guidelines for poetry submissions:

[1] please send 3-5 poems in a single Word .doc attachment ONLY.

[2] please include a cover letter and brief bio.

[3] please write “LAST NAME / POETRY SUBMISSION / DATE” in the subject line.
      so, for example: “SMITH / POETRY SUBMISSION / SEPT. 4, 1987”


we do not accept previously published work.

simultaneous submissions are just fine.

if your poems get picked up elsewhere, please send us a notice of withdrawal.

note: if you have been previously published in phantom limb, please wait two full issues before submitting again.

expect to hear from us within 2-4 months. we appreciate your support and for the opportunity to read your work.

2013-2014 Open Chapbook Contest

The Prize: Publication (in print) by Phantom Limb Press
The Dates: December 15 - January 31st, 2014
The Fee: $15

  • Work must be previously unpublished as whole (individual poem publication is fine). Simultaneous submissions are OK as long as you inform us immediately if the chapbook has been accepted for publication elsewhere.

  • Manuscripts can be anywhere from 18 - 25 pages in length. One poem per page.

  • Collaborations are welcome.

  • One submission per person, please.

  • Please include: a title sheet with name, phone number, email, title of the manuscript and mailing address.

  • We will only be accepting submissions electronically, through Submittable.*

All contest participants will receive a copy of the winning chapbook.

*Note: The electronic submission system will only begin accepting submissions on December 15 at midnight, and will close at midnight on the 31st of January.

Thanks, and good luck!