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The Red Wheelbarrow (Volume 16) is open for submissions of poetry and essays from poets who have read their poetry as a featured poet or at the open mic at the monthly Red Wheelbarrow Poets reading series from July 7, 2022, through July 6, 2023. You are also invited to submit if you participated in any of the Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Workshops during the same period. 

Please indicate in your cover letter when you've read with us or that you've attended the workshop to qualify. Simultaneous submissions are OK, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

When you submit, please complete the online form for one paragraph of relevant biographical information.

A. Limit your bio paragraph to approximately 120 words.

B. In the bio refer to yourself in the third person using your preferred pronoun (he, she, they).

We plan to publish and release Volume 16 in the fall of 2023. Please note the deadlines for prose and poetry differ. 

Submission Guidelines and Deadline for Poems

Please submit 5 (five) poems in a single Word document. The only acceptable file formats are .doc or .docx. No pdf or other file types will be accepted. 

Format for the Submission Document 

1. Submit one Word document containing 5 (five) poems. 

2. Use Garamond, Times, or Times New Roman 12-point font. 

3. Do NOT use headers, footers, or automatic page numbering in the document.

4. Do NOT use the footnote feature in Microsoft Word! If you want footnotes, do it manually.  

5. Your name should appear above the first poem. Do NOT use All caps.

6. Each poem must have a page break at the end. Your poems should each start on a new page of the document.

7. If your submission relies on a special layout, please be aware of the print area this edition can allow: page printable area width is 4 3/4 inch by 6 3/4 inch length.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.