Submission Guidelines

iO is always seeking excellent poetry to feature in its issues. We will be fully soliciting our first two issues, but all submissions will be under consideration for issue three and forward.

A few general rules:

We read year-round.  You can submit up to five poems through our submission manager.  We only consider poems sent through our submission manager—submissions sent via mail, email, telegraph, and the like are all out.  Also, we ask you send only one batch at a time.

Please only send us word (.doc or .docx), RFT (.rtf), or PDF (.pdf) files. Include all your work in a single document.

We do not consider fiction, non-fiction, or previously published work.  If you have art, reviews, or an idea for an interview, please query the editorial staff with your idea in a friendly-sized email.

We encourage and welcome simultaneous submissions.  We know we’re not the only journal out there!  But we do ask that you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

We like poems with heart, regardless of aesthetics or style. Send us anything from formal to highly experimental. We’re looking for high quality poems that move us.

It will probably take us two to three months to get back to you.  Please do not query about work until three months have passed.  We are passionate about poetry, and we promise we are eager to get to your work!

If we select your work for publication, we will ask for First North American Serial Rights.

To contact a member of iO’s staff, please email one of our editors at


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