iO is always seeking excellent content to feature in its issues. We welcome submissions from both new and established poets.

**Update: September 30, 2015: We are currently on a brief hiatus from taking poetry submissions. Please bear with us as we navigate some structural/editorial changes–we hope to be back open for submissions soon!**


We have moved to an annual reading period model. You can submit up to five poems through our submission manager between September 1 and December 1.  We only consider poems sent through our Submishmash 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 encourage and welcome simultaneous submissions, and ask that you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Reading the journal is the best way to get a sense for what we publish.

A cover note is nice, but not required.

It might take us two to three months to get back to you, but we’ll do what we can to make it less.  Please do not query about work until three months have passed.  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.

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