The Freeman accepts poetry submissions year-round to be considered for publication. Poems appear online, and some are selected to appear in the quarterly print magazine as well.
Although each issue has a theme of its own, poems need not relate to any theme. Our primary criterion is always literary excellence. Please see recent poems we've published for a sense of the kind of work we're looking for.
Payment is $50 per poem, as well as a copy of the issue of publication.
Submissions must be unpublished poems or translations only.
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if noted as such.
Translations into English are accepted, but either the translator must have documented permission to publish the translations at the time of submission or the poems must be in the common domain per U.S. and international copyright law.
Include copies of the poems in the original language with any translation submissions.
Send up to 6 unpublished poems, up to 60 lines each (exceptions to the length restriction may be made in rare cases), in .pdf, .doc, .docx, or .rtf format to Luke Hankins, Poetry Editor, at:
poetryATfeeDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
You can expect a response within 6 weeks of receipt. If you have not received a response after 6 weeks, you may query by email to the poetry editor.
The Freeman acquires first North American serial rights for each poem or translation published. Rights revert to the author or translator upon publication, though The Freeman must be credited with first publication in any subsequent publication. (E.g., “'Name of Poem' originally appeared in The Freeman.”)