Submission Guidelines

Our Lily Poetry Review  Prize is open until September 15 @ 11:59 P.M.

The first Lily Poetry Prize is now open for submissions. Kevin McLellan will judge. Kevin McLellan is the author of Hemispheres (Fact-Simile Editions, forthcoming), Ornitheology (The Word Works, 2018), [box] (Letter [r] Press, 2016), Tributary (Barrow Street, 2015), and Round Trip (Seven Kitchens, 2010). He won the 2015 Third Coast Poetry Prize and Gival Press’ 2016 Oscar Wilde Award, and his poems have appeared in numerous literary journals. Kevin lives in Cambridge Massachusetts.

All poetry prize submissions will be read blindly.
Winners will be announced prior to the winter issue 2019/2020.
The 1st place winner will receive $500 and 2nd and 3rd place winners receive $100 and publication. Proud member of CLMP.

Thank you for your interest in Lily Poetry Review! Our porch light is always on.

Lily Poetry Review is a print journal set to publish in the winter and summer of each year.

Contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the issue in which their work appears.

The Lily Poetry Review is interested in promoting contemporary poets, poetry, flash fiction and literary citizenship.

We promise that each writer will be proud of all of the work published here.

Our guidelines are as follows:

  • We don’t accept previously published material.
  • Send no more than five pieces per submission. While you can submit one piece only, we generally like to see more than one to get a better sense of your work.
  • Authors are free to send simultaneous submissions as long as they withdraw work here once it is accepted elsewhere.
  • Make sure each submission is in one Microsoft Word document and that each poem begins on a new page.
  • We will respond within 3-6 months. Sooner, when possible.
  • If we do not accept your work, please wait 3 months before submitting again.

We guarantee a thorough and generous reading of your work. Lily holds first serial rights for the material we publish, which automatically reverts to the author upon publication.