Poetry Submissions

WHAT DO YOU PUBLISH?

Vita Brevis publishes poetry, especially from unpublished or emerging poets. I charge no reading fees, accept unagented poems, and keep poetry submissions open year-round. I do not accept previously-published poems. (I accept poems on your personal blogs.)

WHAT STYLE OF POETRY DO YOU PUBLISH?

Vita Brevis favors short structured poems over long experimental ones, but that’s just the Vita Brevis style, not the requirement.

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY POETRY SUBMISSIONS ARE ACCEPTED?

I respond to every single submission, whether it’s accepted or not. If I don’t get back to you within five weeks, let me know. I may have missed your submission, or the submission pool was especially busy.

WHAT IF MY POEM IS REJECTED?

Don’t worry. I know you put a lot of thought into your poetry, but all magazines need some level of editorial standards. Read over some past publications and try again. Please don’t burn bridges with angry emails — it’s never personal. All poets face rejection, it’s best to face it with grace. Let’s build a constructive relationship and get you published.


SUBMIT YOUR POETRY

It should only take 5 minutes.

HOW TO SUBMIT POETRY FOR PUBLICATION?

  1. Read our Terms and Conditions

  2. Compose an email to: briangeiger@vitabrevisliterature.com

    Please make the subject line “General Submission”

  3. Include the Following Information:

    1) An author/pen name.
    2) A short bio (written in third person) between 30 – 60 words.
    3) [OPTIONAL] A link to your personal website or blog
    4) Up to five poems in a single PDF attachment (sometimes we accept more than one).