What We Seek

We’ll consider your original poetry on most topics. (We’ll pass on inspirational verse, as well as work we feel is violent, pornographic, or oppressive.) Fitting in with our Califragile theme is a plus, but it’s not required. We seek writing that is spare and economic while showcasing what’s possible with imagery. We tend to prefer modern free verse over classical end rhyming, metered work. But quality walks in on its own. Wake up our eyes with something thrilling and unexpected. Have something to say, whether on the micro or macro level.

Regarding the Califragile theme, we’re not necessarily asking your poetry to save the world or have magical fixes to our ancient collective flaws. We’re more interested in poems that drag the scary questions from the shadows and portrait the truths we need to face. Send us your poems that deepen the dialog.

We are happy to consider previously published poems. You must include that information in your submission (“Previously published in Jug Handle Review“) so we can include that credit and be good poetry community citizens.

How to Submit

We have no deadline or distinct issues. We read and publish on a rolling basis, often daily. Just send up to 3 poems, in the body of an email, to You can include a bio of no more than 150 words, and a short cover letter if you like. Please tell us how you learned of Califragile! We may not be able to handle unusual formatting. We will try to respond within 3 weeks. But if you have not heard from us in 1 month, we have passed on your work. Unless asked, please wait 3 months before submitting again. We welcome simultaneous submissions. Just contact us through our comments page if a poem becomes unavailable. We’re unable to give feedback on your poems. But in rare cases, we may propose edits to work we wish to publish.


When submitting to Califragile, you are attesting that writing you submit is yours and is free for publication. You grant us the right to publish your work on this site in perpetuity, in social media for promotional purposes, and in our annual print anthology (should your work be selected for it). You also give Califragile editors permission for your work to be submitted to and published in Best of the Net, Best of the Web, and Pushcart Anthology, should we select it for nomination.

If your work has been previously published (other than your blog) you must notify us of the place where it first appeared, so we may attach credit, which is our editorial policy.

If your work appears in Califragile first (other than your blog) you agree to credit Califragile if you publish it elsewhere (including your blog), such as:

First published in Califragile, or Previously published in Califragile.

For work appearing here first, you grant Califragile First North American Publication Rights. All other rights, including copyright, are retained by the author. Once your work appears here, we impose no time frame on republishing your work elsewhere.

Read Wren Tuatha’s interview with Califragile Featured Poet Trish Hopkinson for more insight into what we seek.