There are presently no open calls for submissions.

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

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Submit no more than 5 previously unpublished poems with a cover letter, including your name, contact information, and a brief bio.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. Do not submit more than once over the course of a single reading period.

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.

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