Tar River Poetry 238

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A nationally ranked magazine of verse (the Dictionary of Literary Biography listed it as one of the top ten poetry magazines in the country), TRP publishes interviews, reviews, and poetry by emerging writers as well as Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners. Past contributors include William Stafford, Claudia Emerson, Billy Collins, Sherman Alexie, Sharon Olds, Leslie Norris, William Matthews, Louis Simpson, Betty Adcock, John Logan, A. Poulin Jr., Paula Rankin, A.R. Ammons, Carolyn Kizer, Albert Goldbarth, Patricia Goedicke, and many others.

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Country of Publication

United States


Open to a broad Audience.

Publication Medium & Frequency

Print Publication Print PublicationPublished 2 x per year.

Poetry Temp Closed

We prefer poems with strong imagery and figurative language. We are not interested in poems featuring trite, worn-out phrases, vague abstractions, or cliche situations. Length is open, but we rarely have space to publish very long poems. On the other hand, we are always on the lookout for good short poems—ten lines or fewer. Tar River Poetry is open to all schools of poetry, but for a real sense of what we publish, it’s best to read a few issues.

Opens to submissions on 01 September 2018 (43.1 days from now).
General General
Poetry Forms:
Open to all/most Forms.
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Open to all/most Topics.
TypeLength Details
Poem PoemNo line limits known; Up to 5 pieces.
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Last Updated: 06 Jun 2018
Last Audited: 08 Feb 2018 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 06 Jun 2006

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