Submitting Poetry for Print

Straylight is interested in publishing high quality poetry of any style as long as it is inventive, though we do not publish erotica. Additionally, we urge you to review a sample copy of the journal before you submit in order to get a feel for what we publish.

If you are interested in having your work featured in the latest edition of Straylight Literary Arts Magazine, please submit your poem as a Word document (.doc or .docx) below. We will consider one-six poems per submission. With your submission, please include a brief, 25 word bio written in the third person to be published with your work. Poems should be single spaced and the author information should appear on each poem. We will not consider partial submissions or simultaneous submissions.

Response time is about eight weeks.

We buy first North American serial rights, and we currently pay in copies, although we hope to be able to offer more substantial payment soon.


If you would like to submit your work via snail mail, feel free to send it to the following address:

English Department
University of Wisconsin-Parkside
900 Wood Road
Kenosha, WI 53141

Please include a self addressed stamped envelope with the manuscript for correspondence.

You may email our poetry staff with any questions or concerns at

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.