Ends on October 1, 2017

General Poetry Guidelines:

Here at Jenny, we have a soft spot for pieces that have a strong sense of place and setting, or work with local Rustbelt or working class themes that are such an integral part of Jenny and our home here in Youngstown. However, we also love various other stories, so no genre is off limits.

That being said we prefer pieces that subvert expectations, that can walk the line between decay and beauty and mix them together. We want rich language and surprising images, and as always, we want your best work, honed into a complete and functioning piece.

All submissions must be in accordance to the issue’s theme, if an issue theme exists. Failure to do so will result in rejection.


All poetry should be formatted as such:

  • One-inch margins all around
  • Left justified
  • 12-point font—Times New Roman
  • We read our submissions blindly to ensure everyone’s work is judged on its merit alone. There will be a place for your name when you go to the submissions manager.
  • Submissions should be limited to a total of 3 pages, no more than 3 poems from a single author.
  • If submitting more than one poem, it would be preferred if each poem is their own document.

Multiple Submissions

We accept only one submission per category at a time, as long as it falls within the page count.

Simultaneous Submissions

As writers, we here at the Jenny know that it can be frustrating waiting around to hear back from publications about your submission(s). That’s why we not only allow simultaneous submissions, we encourage them. Send your work out to as many different places as you can. All we ask is that you notify us promptly if your work is accepted elsewhere. Withdrawing a piece is as easy as going to your account in the submissions manager and clicking the “withdraw” button.

Submissions will be open from August 1 to October 1 for our Fall 2017 Issue.

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