The 2015 reading period is CLOSED.  We will begin accepting submissions for next year on January  15, 2016.

Click Here for our Online Submission Manager

The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review seeks submissions of original poetry and poetry in translation.  Our chief criterion is quality.  While we have published the work of many well-known and well-published authors, we are as open to the new writer as to the established one.  We are most certainly open to verse in both traditional meters and form, as well as to poems written in free-verse.  Such poems, however, we hope will not forget that they are written, indeed, in verse.  For all writers wishing to submit, please use our online submission system.  As has become common in the world of literary journals, we charge a small fee ($2.50), which is roughly equivalent to the cost of a returned postal submission in time and materials.  Simple instructions for payment can be found on our submissions page.  Current subscribers may submit at no charge.  A submitter may also subscibe at any level in lieu of paying the reading fee.  

We aim for a 2-3 month response time for submissions, but ours is a small staff, and we may sometimes take a bit longer. Please do not query until 5 months have passed.  We will accept simultaneous submissions but appreciate being informed as soon as possible should a poem or poems become unavailable.

Poets whose work appears in the review will be compensated with two copies of the issue in which the work is published.  We do believe, however, that writers should be paid for the use of their work, and we hope to be able to offer such payment to our authors sometime in the future.

For editorial queries or withdrawal of submissions, please contact us at:

Though we strongly prefer online submissions,  we will still read mailed submissions (with SASE), though our response time may be considerably longer. If you need to contact us via mail, for reasons editorial or otherwise, our address is:

Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review
Box 66
Hampden-Sydney, VA  23943