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Beltway Poetry Quarterly 26


Since January 2000, Beltway Poetry Quarterly has published poetry by authors who live or work in the capital of the United States and surrounding states. Co-editors edit three issues per year, and the fourth issue is usually guest edited by another area writer (who has previously been featured in an issue). Many issues feature portfolios (four to eight poems) by between five and nine authors. Other issues focus on the literary history of the Greater DC region. One issue per year has a theme (such as poems on museums, poems set in DC, sonnets, prose poems). For themed issues, we announce a reading period and theme and open submissions to authors who live or work in DC, MD, VA, WV, or DE. Since the theme and reading period change each year, we recommend area poets subscribe (submissions are free) or check our web site regularly for more information. We strive to showcase the richness and diversity of Washington area authors in every issue, with poets from different backgrounds, races, ethnicities, ages, and sexual orientations represented. We have included Pulitzer Prize winners and those who have never previously published. We publish academic, spoken word, and experimental authors--and also those poets whose work defies categorization.

Important: They only accept unsolicited submissions for special, themed issues, once a year.
Limited Demographic: Submissions are restricted to people who who live or work in DC, VA, MD, WV, or DE.
Want more insight into the editors' preferences? Read our interview with the editor(s).

Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2000

Publication Medium & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationPublished 4 x per year.

Poetry Open

Open to a broad Audience, including: All ages, People in a specific region, All ethnic groups/populations, All genders, All sexual identities.
General General
Poetry Forms:
Open to all/most Forms.
Open to all/most Styles, including: Experimental, Literary.
Other (May vary).
TypeLength Details
Poem PoemNo line limits known; Unknown number of pieces.
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Unknown payment Unknown payment.
OK No OK OKText format submissions
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Beltway Poetry Quarterly Submission Statistics

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Last Updated: 28 Jun 2021
Last Checked: 12 Oct 2021 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 23 Jun 2021 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 30 Jun 2006

Before Submitting

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