Submissions for Issue 48 and MIDTERM 1 are now open!

Berkeley Poetry Review seeks language-based and/or experimental writing, translations, art, and (with less frequency) essays and interviews. We are particularly interested in work that complicates prevailing conceptions of race, gender, sexuality, and poetic form itself.

While BPR has traditionally operated as a yearly anthology, this year, we launch a series of two smaller, chapbook-style anthologies published periodically before the launch of Issue 48 in May 2018. Our first, themed Localities, Locales, Haunts, is set to publish in October; for this issue, please send us work that is in some way in dialogue with a concept of place — for example, we’re interested in discussion of locality, a site of a particular community; locale, “a place where something happens”; and we’re interested in poetry and art that addresses embodied histories, iteration and iterability, radical ecopoetics, and all variations on the theme. 

Publication in any issue of MIDTERM does not exclude publication in Issue 48 of BPR’s yearly anthology; it also does not guarantee publication in Issue 48. Unless otherwise stated, work accepted for MIDTERM will not also be published in Issue 48; however, certain submissions to MIDTERM will be solicited for publication in both. 

Affiliation with UC Berkeley or Berkeley, CA is not required for submission. We welcome work from around the world.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please withdraw your submission immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. We will get back to each submitter regarding the status of their submission within 6 weeks; please feel free to contact us if 6 weeks have passed without contact since the date of submission.

Submit no more than 5 previously unpublished poems with a cover letter, including your name, contact information, and a brief bio. Please submit your poems in a single document.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email us at

We highly recommend that you read an issue, available in our shop, to familiarize yourself with our aesthetic.

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Thank you for considering BPR as a home for your poems. We look forward to reading them!