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We had so much fun creating Poeming Pigeons – Poems about Birds, we decided to let Homer, our Poeming Pigeon mascot, continue to drop poems across the globe. Thus, we launched The Poeming Pigeon – A Literary Journal of Poetry. Twice a year, we will publish a new issue of The Poeming Pigeon, each issue having a unique theme. We will have two open calls for submissions to the journal ( May-June for the Fall Issue and Nov-Dec for the Spring Issue).

Here at The Poetry Box®, we strongly believe great literature is meant to be accessible and enjoyed by everyone. Poetry is all around us – it just takes someone observant and thoughtful enough to write it down, to allow the world to share in the experience, to become an active witness to the beauty, the struggle, the joy, the sorrow and the ordinary brilliance of life. Through these carefully crafted observances, we as humans are led to the well of compassion and invited to get drunk on its language.

We welcome work from both established and emerging writers alike. Every submission starts out in the same pile and is judged merely on its own merit, not the reputation of the writer. We enjoy poems of all styles: formal, free-verse, metered, non-rhyming, experimental, nostalgic, political, erotic, abstract, lyrical, etc. We don’t censor or shy away from ‘tough topics’, however we do draw the line at poetry that discriminates against our fellow humans.

We pledge to our readers and subscribers to publish a journal teeming with poems to stir your senses, reveal new truths, make you laugh, cry and tilt your head in that curious puppy dog way. And to the accepted poets who share and entrust us with their words, we promise to represent your work in the highest aesthetic possible, in a book you will be proud to share.

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Theme for Winter 2017 Issue:

Love Poems

Submission Period:

May 1 - June 30, 2017

“Naked you are blue like the night in Cuba,
you have vines and stars in your hair” ”
          ― Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

With so much "hate" talk in the world right now, what we need most is to express more love. So for our sixth issue of The Poeming Pigeon, we are seeking original LOVE POEMS. Need a little inspiration? Pablo Neruda is always a great place to start. And here's an article on the art of writing love poetry from The Poetry Foundation.

Please feel free to explore the theme of love in all its glorious forms.

Love Poems Issue scheduled for release in December 2017.

Book Launch in Portland will be held in early December, 2017.

Submission Guidelines

Demographic Restriction: NONE.
We are accepting submissions from both established and emerging writers, from anywhere in the world.

Submission Period: May 1 - June 30, 2017

Deadline for Submissions: Midnight (PST), June 30, 2017

Expected Print Publication Date: Nov/Dec, 2017

One submission (maximum three (3) poems per author.
Please combine all poems into one file. (.doc, .docx, and .rtf are fine, but NO PDFs please)

We only accept submissions via SUBMITTABLE.


Link (submittable button) will be activated once the submission period listed above is open to submit.

Please put poems (with acknowledgments) in a one single file attachment.

All submissions must be typed…not handwritten.

Poems should be single-spaced (double space between stanzas). All poems should have a title.

Please put a page break between poems. If a poem is longer than one page, please notate whether or not there should be a stanza break, by putting {break} or {no break} at the top of the following page.

Include your name and email address at the bottom of each page, with page numbers. (We’re not selecting work based on “who”; this is just to help us stay organized.)

Please present your poems in the format you’d like them to appear. If some of the lines are wider than our margins, we will consult you regarding any necessary line breaks or indentations needed for formatting. Our page size is 6 x 9 inches with approximately 1 inch margins.

Please use a standard readable font such as Times New Roman or Arial in 12pt. Do not embed your poems in graphics or imagery.

Please send your BIO (50 words or less) written in THIRD PERSON, in the field provided on Submittable. Please limit your publishing credits to three. Include notable accomplishments and something fun & personal to keep it engaging for our readers. Also, feel free to include one website or email address at the end of your bio. As a reader, I always love it when I can directly contact the poet/author about a piece that has moved me ... so don’t be shy.


Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please notify us IMMEDIATELY if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

We will not respond to submissions until AFTER the deadline of June 30th has passed, to make sure we give everyone a fair shot. If you haven’t heard from us by Sept 1st, feel free to drop us a line to inquire the status of your submission.

Unfortunately, we haven’t reached the point where we can pay our contributors yet. But we will offer our contributing authors a free copy and the chance to pre-order copies of the anthology at a discount 30 days before we go to print. We also support our writers by making nominations from each issue to The Pushcart Prize.

Acceptance grants The Poetry Box one time publishing rights. Upon publication, all rights revert immediately to the author. If a work published in The Poeming Pigeon is later published elsewhere, we respectfully ask that you credit us as the original publisher.

We promise to read every submission and respond via email.

If you have any questions, you can contact the editor, Shawn Aveningo via

We look forward to reading your work!

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Curent Issue

Book Cover: The Poeming Pigeon: Poems from the Garden

The Poeming Pigeon
Poems from the Garden

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For our 5th issue of The Poeming Pigeon, Homer takes us back to our roots – literally and literarily. Enjoy this collection of over 80 poems that celebrates dirt under our fingernails, sharing zucchini with our neighbors, seed catalog dreams, and this labor-of-love we call gardening.

Back Issues

Book Cover: The Poeming Pigeon: Poems about Music

The Poeming Pigeon
Poems about Music

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675 poets from across the globe answered the call to share their musically inspired poetry. We chose 88 poems—one for each key on a piano. Upon these pages you’ll discover poems inspired by music genres ranging from classical to country, from jazz to rock-n-roll, and everything in between. Join us on a musical journey of discovery and nostalgia. And let the poetry tug on your heartstrings, like a virtuoso glides the bow across the strings of a violin.

Book Cover: The Poeming Pigeon: Doobie or Not Doobie

The Poeming Pigeon
Doobie or Not Doobie?

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Doobie or Not Doobie? The legalization of medical and recreational marijuana is a hot topic facing America and other countries across the globe. Homer examines this controversial issue through an international curated collection of poems and stories. You’ll enjoy tales of hilarious first encounters with the herb, gratitude for the escape from physical pain, fellowship in passing the spliff and learn why some prefer not to partake in the "madness." So, light up (or not) and enjoy!

Book Cover: Poeming Pigeons: Poems about Food

The Poeming Pigeon
Poems about Food

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Homer, The Poeming Pigeon mascot, has been hunting and pecking to gather the most delicious poetry for a new collection of poems from around the globe – all about food. Allow us to whet your appetite with an opening poem by Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita, Paulann Petersen, followed by a feast of verse that may not only make your mouth water, but your eyes well-up too. Food not only nourishes our body, it can feed our soul. What’s your favorite food? You just might find a poem about it inside this journal of poetry.

Book Cover: Poeming Pigeons: Poems about Birds

Poeming Pigeons
Poems about Birds

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Poeming Pigeons is a curated collection of poetry from around the world -- over 100 poems expressing our fascination, fear, frustration and undeniable connection to our fine, feathered friends. Between the pages of this anthology, you will discover stories that make you wonder, cry, laugh, cringe and inspire -- all through poems about birds.


To our supporters and poetry enthusiasts everywhere, we offer an opportunity to subscribe to The Poeming Pigeon and receive discounts off the retail cover price.

Each subscription includes two issues of The Poeming Pigeon per year. Each issue is 120-150 pages, filled with poetry from our contributors around the world on a variety of themes, sent directly to your mailbox in May and November for $24 (shipping included). For our international (Non U.S.) subscribers, the price for one year with international shipping included is $36.

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