Olúmọ Review seeks amazing poetry – poetry that is bold, poetry that would collide with rocks and grind them to powder, that sparks curiosity, that intrigues the intellect, that kicks in the teeth, that guts the heart, that says something genuine about the world as well as the individual. We celebrate diversity and are open to diverse styles, forms, and kinds of poetry, about any and all subjects.
However, we do not want any work that harms or marginalizes others, or is sexist, misogynistic, racist, ageist, ableist, homophobic, transphobic, etc. We also don’t want poems that glorify violence.
We are currently open to only poetry submissions from January 1 through March 31 & July 1 through September. 30. We publish biannually: June & December.
While we wish we could pay each contributor, we are currently unable to do that.
Submissions are open internationally, to any poet writing in English—other languages are okay to include, as long as the meat of the poem is in English.
Send us only your best. We will be extremely selective.
We accept simultaneous submissions, but please send us a note if your work is picked up elsewhere. (We want to say congrats!)
All submissions must be no more than 10 pages and no more than 5 poems.
Submissions should be formatted as word document: .doc or .docx. —font 12, single line spacing. Submissions not formatted in the way specified will not be considered. We will accept a .pdf but will need a .doc or .docx if accepted.
We do not accept multiple submissions. Please submit all your poems in ONE document.
Please include a cover letter with your publication history, if any.
Expect 8-12 weeks for a response. Please do not query until 12 weeks have passed.