Poetry submissions are closed till our summer call.

Guidelines for all poetry submissions, book review queries, odes to barking birds, and general questions.

One submission per season. We do not charge for submissions and we respond quickly. Don’t abuse what other journals make you pay a premium for. We admire fortitude and persistence. We only ask that you channel it into our next open call.

Please read the fine print.

Send one to three poems in the same Word document. Save the document with your name and the title of the first poem. Example: “Caboter Off Barnegat Light, Rogan Kelly.” In your email, type ‘submission’ in the subject line and your name. Expect a response within 60 days. We will try to respond sooner. Please query if your submission goes unanswered after two months–something went awry. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. A cover letter and short third-person bio are appreciated. Addressing your cover letter “To the NHB Editors” is fine. Be yourself.

A note on bios, it’s not a job interview but it is professional. Your submission is judged on the merit of the poems, but if your work is accepted, the third person bio you submit will be the working template we will use on your dedicated page showcasing your work. Having this early helps us in design, layout, and editing. Don’t make us hire crows to haunt you.

All types of poetry are welcome. This includes, but is not limited to, lyrical, narrative, experimental, visual, found and erasure, poetry in translation, prose, hybrid and collaborative work.

We accept book reviews and interviews, especially by and about poets we publish. We consider it a continued support of the artist’s work.

We intend to promote you on social media platforms. Birds will bark your names on rooftops and whisper them by park benches. We count on being known for this. If you’re shy and rather we don’t, let us know. It won’t impact your submission.

A note on poets who have published with us previously: please wait two seasons before you submit again. If you have something for the blog or a review or special circumstance, you are absolutely welcome to query.

The Night Heron Barks holds first serial rights for work we publish, the right to reprint in other formats with your permission. Upon publication, all rights revert to the author. Please cite The Night Heron Barks if your poems are published elsewhere in the future. Remember us in your award speeches and end of year Facebook videos and anywhere you find barking birds.