Foundry invites poets to submit essays that explore elements of craft and the writing process.


We are looking for 800-1,200 word essays that engage and interrogate contemporary poetics. Topics may include but are not limited to:

-lyric essays interweaving the poet’s own practice with his/her/their poetic influences;

-deep-dive analyses of other poets’ formal trajectories and artistic developments; 

-explorations of a theme across a wide array of poetries;

-and sustained meditations on an element of craft.


We encourage a playful, inquisitive approach to these subjects. Above all, we are seeking essays that examine poems as made things and illuminate their making, practitioner to practitioner. What that means is up to you. 


Submit completed essays only. Please do not send in revisions while we are considering your work; they will not be read. No pitches. Though we respect and admire academic writing, this is not the venue for it.


We read year-round and publish new issues in March, June, September, and December. We strive to respond within sixty days but may take longer. Wait to query until four months have passed. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged; we ask that you withdraw your work promptly should it be accepted elsewhere. 


Enter a cover letter with a brief third-person bio in the space provided by Submittable. Please double-space your essay, include a word count, and cite texts at the end using MLA style. Our goal is for readers to be able to find and spend time with the texts you reference.


Foundry acquires First North American Serial rights and the right to archive your work online in perpetuity. If your work is subsequently published elsewhere, please mention that it first appeared in the journal. Past essay contributors should wait one year from the date of publication to submit essays again.


We pay $20 per essay via Venmo or Paypal shortly after publication.


We look forward to reading your work!

Foundry publishes a range of styles and forms, from short lyric poems to prose poems and longer narratives. We are drawn to poems that feel as much as they think.

We are committed to inclusivity and warmly welcome submissions from marginalized voices. We will not consider work with sexist, racist, homophobic, xenophobic, or able-ist content.

Submit 4-6 original, previously unpublished poems through Submittable (please do not send one poem at a time; we wish to see a variety of work). All poems should be included in a single .DOC/.DOCX or PDF file with one poem per page (eight pages maximum). Enter a cover letter with a brief third-person bio in the space provided by Submittable. Please do not send in revisions while we are considering your work; they will not be read. We do not publish translations.

We read year-round and publish new issues in March, June, September, and December. We strive to respond within sixty days but may take longer. Wait to query until four months have passed. Submissions are free, although we occasionally offer the option of making a small contribution and receiving an expedited response.

Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. If a poem is accepted elsewhere, let us know by adding a note in the Activity tab in Submittable. Likewise, if you make a mistake in your cover letter or packet, do not withdraw and resubmit; instead, leave a note in Submittable, and we can open your submission for editing.

Please submit only once every three months. If you withdraw your entire submission, or if your submission is rejected, please wait a minimum of three months before submitting again. Submittable limits the number of submissions we can receive, so we try to stay open for as many people as possible before hitting our cap.

Foundry acquires First North American Serial rights and the right to archive your work online in perpetuity. If your work is subsequently published elsewhere, please mention that it first appeared in the journal. Past contributors should wait one year from the date of publication to submit again.

We pay $20 per poem via Venmo or Paypal shortly after publication. We also promote our authors on social media and submit nominations for prizes.

We look forward to reading your work!

*One dollar from every expedited submission will be donated to NYC Books Through Bars, a nonprofit collective that sends free books to incarcerated people across the country.*


Foundry publishes a range of styles and forms, from short lyric poems to prose poems and longer narratives. We are drawn to poems that feel as much as they think.


We are committed to inclusivity and warmly welcome submissions from marginalized voices. We will not consider work with sexist, racist, homophobic, xenophobic, or able-ist content.


Submit 4-6 original, previously unpublished poems through Submittable. All poems should be included in a single .DOC/.DOCX or PDF file with one poem per page (eight pages maximum). Enter a cover letter with a brief third-person bio in the space provided by Submittable. Please do not send in revisions while we are considering your work; they will not be read. We do not publish translations.


Expedited submissions are $5.00. You will receive a response within three days.


Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. If a poem is accepted elsewhere, just add a note in the Activity tab in Submittable. Likewise, if you make a mistake in your cover letter or packet, do not withdraw and resubmit; instead, leave a note in Submittable and we will open your submission for editing. 


Please submit only once every three months. 


New issues are published in March, June, September, and December.


Foundry acquires First North American Serial rights and the right to archive your work online in perpetuity. If your work is subsequently published elsewhere, please mention that it first appeared in the journal. Past contributors should wait one year from the date of publication to submit again.


We pay $20 per poem via Venmo or Paypal shortly after publication. We also promote our authors on social media and submit nominations for prizes.


We look forward to reading your work!

Foundry