Rattle publishes unsolicited poetry and translations of poetry.
Submissions are open year-round, always welcomed, and always free. Despite their growing prevalence in the literary community, we do not believe in submission fees and never will.
Rattle does not accept work that has been previously published, in print or online (we do NOT consider self-publishing to blogs, message boards, or social media, etc., as publication with respect to this rule).
Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. If the work is accepted elsewhere, just add a note through Submittable, or, if you submitted in hard copy, email to let us know. We don’t publish anything without your signature, anyway; if another journal beats us to the punch, congratulations!
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Contributors in print receive $200/poem and a complimentary one-year subscription to the magazine. Online contributors receive $100/poem.
We like poems of any length. Send up to four poems at a time. We’re looking for poems that move us, that might make us laugh or cry, or teach us something new. We like both free verse and traditional forms—we try to publish a representative mix of what we receive. We read a lot of poems, and only those that are unique, insightful, and musical stand out—regardless of style. Since our issues include about 70 pages of poetry, one of the main things we’re looking for is diversity; we have enough room to be eclectic, and we plan on using it. So while most magazines suggest reading their back issues to get a sense of what they like to publish, we’d suggest reading to get a sense of what we’re having trouble finding—if you notice a style or subject matter that we don’t seem to be publishing, send us that!
Rattle publishes about 300 poems each year, and almost all of them come from unsolicited submissions. Your submissions keep us going, and we always appreciate them.
Our tributes are usually half-issues but sometimes comprise an entire issue. Each tribute gathers poems from a specific ethnic, vocational, stylistic, or social group. We’re currently seeking submissions from Librarian Poets for our Fall 2021 issue. The poems may be any subject, style, or length, but must written by poets who have worked as a librarian. The deadline for this issue is October 15, 2021.