Boxcar Poetry Review seeks top quality poetry, artwork, photography, interviews, and reviews. Due to increased workloads in our non-Boxcar lives, we have switched to a quarterly format (well, it's been only 3 times a year lately).


Send us 3-5 previously unpublished poems. Simultaneous submissions ok. While we currently are unable to pay our contributors, published work is eligible for Peer Awards ($25 for best poem of the issue). Please wait for a response before sending a second submission.

Please use the following link to send us your work: submit poems


We are now using Submishmash for handling book review submissions. Please use the following link: submit review Reviews should engage the text (ie. close reading) and may either be academic or personal in their nature (read Julija Sukys' excellent guide to writing a book review). Reviews from 500-1500 words are preferred. The best reviews are specific, evocative, and balanced. Include a brief bio in the text of your email. Please note that we only take reviews of first books of poetry (no chapbooks). If you would like to submit your book for review please query for instructions.

If you're interested in reviewing a first book of poetry (sorry, no chapbooks), please contact us so that we can assist you if you need to obtain a review copy (apply to be a reviewer).

If you're interested in sending us a review copy of your first book, please contact us here (request a review for a first book)

Neil Aitken
First Book Reviews
Boxcar Poetry Review
14706 NE 28th St.
Vancouver, WA 98682


We find the most interesting interviews are conversations between poets who already have some familiarity with each other. As with the reviews, our focus is on poets who have recently published their first book. Most of our interviews are solicited, but if you have an interview you'd like to propose, please contact us at and indicate "INTERVIEW" in the header. Once it's done, send it here (submit a completed interview/conversation).

art & photography

We are currently seeking art and photography to use in upcoming issues of Boxcar Poetry Review. Please send 3-5 images for review via Submishmash - use this link to submit art Include a brief bio in the text of your email and an artist's statement (if you wish). If accepted, we may request a larger and/or uncompressed version.

Boxcar Poetry Review - ISSN 1931-1761