sense of wonder / delight in experiment / concern for humanity

Dear Friends,

Thank you for finding us and for your interest in contributing to The Lune. We are currently closed to submissions. We hope that our most recent guidelines (below) might be of some use as points of reference for those who are either 1) reading through the lunar archive, or 2) submitting work to like-minded journals.

Yours under the moon,

The Editors

POETSONEARTH.COM hosts material that, in the words of Jack Gilbert, "[risks] delight." We are concerned with sharing literary work that demonstrates fearless grace and resolve. Matter published online is not limited to a particular style or mode.


In print, The Lune features three new short collections of poetry per season, bound in one volume. We look for coherent works no longer than 29.5 pages, a limit inspired by the average number of days in a lunar month (or Saturn’s orbit in years, if you like). We often publish accepted titles in their entirety but will also work with you to determine a selection, depending on the rhythm and duration of work by concurrent contributors.

While our contributors are unique, far-flung and autonomous, The Lune is a coherent community; as editors, we try hard to ensure that all published authors are in conversation, however tangentially or mysteriously. Before sending us work, please make sure that the call to which you intend to reply is open, and that you are familiar (to some extent) with the material we have published up to this point. Then, if you choose to submit work for consideration, take care to adhere to the following:

Send no more than one document of 11 pages or fewer (online) / 29.5 pages or fewer (quarterly) as a PDF. Please include your name and some form of title in the document's filename, separated by an underscore (e.g., "Oscar Wilde_De Profundis.pdf"). If your piece contains audio, please provide links to the files online. If your project is image-only, please send no more than three sample images (JPEG) accompanied by a query in the body of the email that outlines your vision in brief. Translations, collaborations, and selections from longer works are appropriate, provided the project has not already been published. Heteronyms and pseudonyms are encouraged. We confirm receipt of materials within a week; final decisions generally take less than a month but can take up to three months. (Thank you, truly, for your patience.) Compensation for work published in print is a generous supply of copies and a lifetime subscription to the quarterly; online contributors receive the current issue of the quarterly; and for all, the best, most wholehearted and genuine exposure we can muster.