Sho Poetry Journal, based in Arizona, is a small-press print journal coming out of a 20-year hibernation. We publish a diverse range of contemporary poetry and seek to champion poets at all stages of their careers, with special attention given to the work of emerging poets.

We publish two issues per year and feature 40 - 50 poets per issue. We also feature select work in audio form on our website and on social media.

We nominate select works for The Pushcart Prize, Best New Poets, and Best Spiritual Literature.

Our reading periods are December 1 to March 31 and June 1 to September 30.

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What to submit
     1. Submit up to five unpublished poems at a time. Please include page numbers and your name on every page.

   2. Name your file as follows: FirstName_LastName

   3. Your cover letter should include the titles you are submitting and a third-person bio (60 words or less). 

Simultaneous submissions are fine as long as you specify this in your cover letter and send us a message through Submittable if your work is accepted elsewhere.

– If your poem is 'after' another poet, please name the poem it's after, or provide any relevant details in your cover letter.

– We do not accept AI generated work.
 

Response time
 Our average response time is 2 weeks. We attempt to respond to all submissions within one month or less.


Payment

Shō is a print journal. Payment is one contributor’s copy. Authors also receive a discount on the purchase of extra copies.

Read our full submission guidelines here.

As an Arizona-based journal, Shō welcomes submissions from Native American poets.

Please do not submit your work here unless you are a Native American, Native Hawaiian, or Canadian First Nations, Inuit, or Métis poet. Please mention your tribal affiliation in your cover letter.

Note: If you've had work accepted for Shō No. 4, please wait until you receive your contributor copy to submit again.


What to submit
      1. Submit up to five unpublished poems at a time. Please include page numbers and your name on every page.
      2. Your cover letter should include the titles you are submitting and a third-person bio (60 words or less).
      – If your poem is 'after' another poet, please name the poem it's after, or provide any relevant details in your cover letter.
      – Simultaneous submissions are fine as long as you specify this in your cover letter and send us a message through Submittable if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Response time
      Our average response time is 2 weeks. We attempt to respond to all submissions within one month or less.

Payment
Shō is a print journal. Payment is one contributor’s copy. Authors also receive a discount on the purchase of extra copies. Read our full submission guidelines here.

Sho Poetry Journal