Open submissions are welcome from 1 January through 1 September. The themed submissions will run for 5 months before closing. Check back for other themed issues throughout the year. 

Please follow specific genre guidelines when formatting and uploading your submission and limit your cover letter to 150 words or less. Full guidelines can be accessed by clicking on the plus sign located at the top right of each genre category listed below. 

Although we do accept simultaneous submissions, we do not accept work that has been previously published either in print or online.

If work is accepted for publication, Interim obtains First North American Serial Rights and, for the period of one year, Electronic Rights. After that time, copyright reverts to the author. Writers whose work appears in the annual print volume will receive one free contributor copy of that volume and will receive a discount on any additional copies ordered.

You will see that we're now charging a reading fee for all submissions. This has become a necessity to help defray the costs of our expanding publishing operations, which include producing our quarterly online issues and the annual print volume of the journal, hosting live and online events, and developing and launching the many new projects we're working on across content platforms.

We appreciate your continued interest and support and look forward to spending time with your work.

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Interim is looking for poems, art, essays and short fiction devoted to music.  We’re interested in work that is not so much “about” music, but rather enacts or composes, it.  Send 3-5 poems, an art work, essay and/or short fiction to Claudia Keelan, Editor of Interim. 

Interim invites submission of literary nonfiction, including essays that reflect literary movements in America and around the world. We invite writers from all parts of the globe-- the Americas, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Western and Eastern Europe, New Zealand, and Australia, etc.— especially women writers, to submit to this special issues.

If you have perspective on the evolution of the Gurlesque (the vibrant movement of women reclaiming their bodies) or any other newly established literary movement, we are especially eager to hear from you.


We will consider original essays 1500 to 5000 words.

When Buddhism was first introduced to China, the monks who translated the Sanskrit texts made a choice that would affect the history of translation for two millennia. Their carrying over of Daoist terms made the completely “alien” ideas of the “Sutra of Forty-two Chapters understandable to Chinese readers, which sped-up the spread and acceptance of Buddhism in China by creating something new—the Zen school.

Two thousand years later, when Ezra Pound was translating poems of Li Bai, he effectively rewrote those poems which became a crucial spark to jumpstart Modernism. Both the monks and Pound made decisions that some argue showed great disrespect to the original texts. The argument for literal and creative translation has raged since. To what does the translator owe her duty-- to the presentation of the original, or to the transfer of the original into a local intelligibility, or, to both?

Interim is looking for translations that are mindful of this intricate balance, for translations that are not afraid of music, or clever transfers of puns, translations that strive to reenact the original in universal language, as we believe that translation is in itself a fusion of cultures, and as such, always innovative.


Guest edited by Xiaoqui Qui

2021 Test Site Poetry Series Prize

2021 Betsy Joiner Flanagan Award in Poetry

Interim’s 2021 women’s print issue includes writing from women from several generations, all working innovatively and dedicated to a civic necessity clearly needed in our present moment.


Poems

by Claire Champommier, Cynthia Hogue, Alyse Knorr, Brooke Schifano, Milla van der Have, and many others


Essay and Belles Lettres

by Sara Whittemore


Hybrid Work

by Karen Brennan and Katrina Roberts


Fiction

by Joyce Goldenstern and Joan Haladay


Translations

of Ariane Dreyfus by Claire Eder, of Milena Britto by Sarah Rebecca Kersley, and of Zofia Skrzypulec by Mark Tardi


Books Reviews

of Under the Capsized Boat We Fly: New and Selected Poems by Gail Wronsky

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Submit three to six poems in a single document. If any work in a given submission is accepted elsewhere, please either add a note to your submission or withdraw that submission in Submittable. There is no need to notify us about withdrawals outside our Submittable account. 

Our response time is generally within six months. We may be faster, and we may also take longer, especially during semester breaks. In cases other than withdrawals, we encourage you to submit only once per reading period. Thank you.

Interim’s 2020 all women’s print issue includes writing from women from several generations, all working innovatively and dedicated to a civic necessity clearly needed in our present moment.


Poems 

by Oni Buchanan, Alexandra Mattraw Jami Macarty, Terese Svoboda, Lindsey Warren, Suzanne Wise and many others


Essay and Belles Lettres 

by Ceridwen Hall and Lily Komiski


Hybrid Work 

by Karen Brennan and Cynthia Hogue


Translations 

of Maria Boro by Julia Pelosi-Thorpe


Books Reviews 

of The Minuses and Library of Small Catastrophes


Please note that the per-issue price includes domestic shipping. Once we receive payment from you, we will ship your order within 2-3 business days via USPS.

If submitting poetry, include three to six poems in a single document. If any work in a given submission is accepted elsewhere, please either add a note to your submission or withdraw that submission in Submittable. There is no need to notify us of withdrawals outside our Submittable account.

Essays should be no more than 3,300 words in length. 

For both poetry and essays, please include the work in the source language. If applicable, permissions must have been granted prior to submission.

Our response time is generally within two to six months. We may be faster, and we may also take longer, especially during semester breaks. In cases other than withdrawals, we encourage you to submit only once per reading period. Thank you.

We're looking for hybrid work that spans media more than genre. Submissions can include audio and visual files or any combination of the two. Although we're still very much interested in the page as a field of experimentation, we're equally interested in hearing and seeing what form(s) the poem takes when freed from the page.

Please include all work in a single file whenever possible. If your submission or any part thereof is accepted elsewhere, please either add a note to your submission or withdraw that submission in Submittable. There is no need to notify us of withdrawals outside our Submittable account.

Our response time is generally within two to six months. We may be faster, and we may also take longer, especially during semester breaks. In cases other than withdrawals, we encourage you to submit only once per reading period. Thank you.

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Reviews should be of books published within the past two years. Exceptions will be made for reviews that address noteworthy "overlooked" books published prior.

Reviews should be no more than 1,375 words in length. Micro-reviews are welcome.

If your submission is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw that submission in Submittable. There is no need to notify us of withdrawals outside our Submittable account.

Our response time is generally within two to six months. We may be faster, and we may also take longer, especially during semester breaks. In cases other than withdrawals, we encourage you to submit only once per reading period. Thank you.

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We are looking for artwork in various media for print and online covers, as well as for use on the web in relation to the poems, essays, and other work we are publishing.

Please upload up to six (6) high-res files containing your work, preferably in PNG or JPG format, 800-1500 pixels wide. If any of the work included in your submission is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw the submission containing that file using Submittable. There is no need to notify us of withdrawals outside our Submittable account.

Our response time is generally within two to six months. We may be faster, and we may also take longer, especially during semester breaks. In cases other than withdrawals, we encourage you to submit only once per reading period. Thank you.

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We are interested in publishing investigative, critical, and lyrical essays.  We always welcome prose that focuses on contemporary poetics and poetry, including translation,  as well as investigative pieces on politics, personal essay,  and belle lettres.   Essays should be no more than 7500 words maximum.

If your submission is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw the submission in Submittable. There is no need to notify us of withdrawals outside our Submittable account.

Our response time is generally within two to six months. We may be faster, and we may also take longer, especially during semester breaks. Please write to us if we are later than 6 months getting back to you.


Greetings, 

In your cover letter, please include the name of the editor who invited you to send work, which category that work falls under (Poetry, Poetry Hybrid Form, Essay, etc.), and when that work was solicited. 

Fees are waived for solicited work. 


In solidarity, 

Claudia Keelan

 Editor


Greetings, 

In your cover letter, please include the name of the editor who invited you to send work, which category that work falls under (Poetry, Poetry Hybrid Form, Essay, etc.), and when that work was solicited. 

Fees are waived for solicited work. 


In solidarity, 

Claudia Keelan

 Editor

If you appreciate the work we regularly bring you in print, online, and across social media platforms, we encourage you to support us in our efforts. Your donation will help sustain the journal and will allow us to achieve several of our long-term goals, including building an online archive of all extant issues and creating a series of programming centered on contemporary poetry and poetics.

If you'd like to give on an annual basis, please email us at Interim1944@gmail.com, and we'll be in touch with details about our giving tiers and benefits. Thank you.

Please note: This category is for donations only. Any work submitted will be deleted unread. Thank you.



Vol. 35, Issue 5
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Vol. 34, Issue 5

Interim's latest print issue is an all women issue that features work by Christine Bettis, Ana Christina Caesar (trans. Brenda Hillman), Robert Desnos (trans. Shannon Austin), Brenda Hillman, Alice Notley, and Sasha Steensen. 

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Vol. 31, Issues 1-2

Bruce Bond, Nancy Naomi Carlson, Catullus (trans. David Koehn), Meryl DePasquale, Katherine Factor, Colby Gillette, Dan Gutstein, Derek Henderson, Greg Hewett, Eunsong Kim, David Krump, Christopher Michel, Mani Rao, Pierree Reverdy (trans. Andrew S. Nicholson, Broc Rossell, William Stobb, Terrell Jamal Terry, Georg Trakl (trans. Jay Hopler), Joshua Marie Wilkinson, and Jackson Wills

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Vol. 28, Issue 1-2

Belle Lettre: Mustapha Marrouchi

Poetry: Lindsay Berg, Justin Burnside, brigette byrd, Emily Carr, John Randolph Carter, Weston Cuttter, John Gallaher, Daniel Gutstein, Eileen G'Sell, Alice Jones, Paula Koneazny, Stacie Leatherman, David Dodd Lee, John MacKernan, Levi Negley, Racheal Nelson, BZ Niditch, Simon Perchik, Megan Ronan, Sean Rumschik, Dennis Saleh, Rob Schlegel, Adam Strauss, Sean Tribe, Stacey Waite, and Valerie Witte

Special Feature: Alice Notley and Mani Rao

Translations: Paul Verlaine (trans. Tim Keane) and Virginie Lalucq and Jean-Luc Nancy (trans. Sylvain Gallais and Cynthia Hogue)

Fictions: P.F. White and Tamas Dobozy

Book Reviews: Shira Dentz, Jonathan Greenhause, and Dan Beachy-Quick

Belle Lettre: Jacqueline Lyons

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Vol. 27, Issues 1-2

This issue focuses on Canadian Poetry and features work by Christian Bök, Hoa Nguyen, Christine Leclerc, Jami Macarty, among many other notable Canadian poets.  It also includes the last interview with San Francisco Renaissance poet Robin Blaser in conversation with Jen Currin, as well as Belle Lettres from Sarah Vap, and poetry by Norman Dubie, Nicole Walker, and Andrei Sen-Senkov translated by Peter Golub, among many others.

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Vol. 26, Issues 1-2

Featuring the poetry, translations, and essays from a number of writers including Jen Currin, Karla Kelsey, Alice Notley, Chad Sweeney, Friedrich Hölderlin (trans. Maxine Chernoff and Paul Hoover), René Char (trans. Nancy Naomi Carlson), Ann Lauterbach, Vu Tran, Karen Brennan, and Tod Goldberg, among many others.

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Vol. 25, Issues 1-2

Poetry: John Ashberry, Hugh Behm-Steinberg, Pam Brown, John Randolph Carter, Mary Crow, Jim Daniels, Norman Dubie, Eric Elshtain, John Gallaher, Richard Greenfield, Gordon Hadfield, Scott Hightower, Lizzie Hutton, Michael Kroesche, Joseph Lease, Lisa Markowitz, Tod Marshall, Michael McClane, Donna de la Perrière, WIlliam Stobb, Heater Winterer, and John Yau

Tranlations: Veronique Pittolo (trans. Cole Swenson), Arthur Rimbaud (trans. Donald Revell), Coral Bracho (trans. Forrest Gander), and Dome Bulfaro (trans. Christopher Arigo),

Special Feature: Susan Schultz

Fictions: Pablo Medina and Juan Martinez

Reviews: a.e. clark, Adam Strauss, and Nathan Hawke

Photography: Sam Davis

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Vol. 24, Issues 1-2

Poetry: Jeffrey Babbitt, Anne Blonstein, Nancy Blouin, Logan Burns, Matthew Cooperman, Peter Covino, J.P. Dancing Bear, Christopher Davis, Bonnie Emerick, Jennifer S. Epstein, Dennis Finnell, Lisa Fishman, James Grinwis, Mark Irwin, Joshua Kryah, c.a. leibow, Alex Lemon, Jeff Menne, Wayne Miller, Derek Pollard, Aaryn Richard, Sundin Richards, Elizabeth Robinson, Mark Tursi, Justin Vicari, Brian Voell, and Kevin Ward

Special Feature: Christopher Arigo, Maxine Chernoff, and Paul Hoover

Belles Lettres + Beyond: Mary Cappello, Steven Church, Christopher Cokinos, and Jacqueline Lyons

End Notes: a.e. clark, Gordon Hadfield, Alice Jones, Jake Kennedy, Richard Loranger, Michael McLane, Derek Pollard, Kevin Prufer, Elizabeth Robinson, Sasha Steensen, Adam Strauss, and Catherine Wagner

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Vol. 23, Issues 1-2

This issue is devoted to Alice Notley and includes correspondences to her from Joe Brainard, Kenneth Koch, Lyn Hejinian, and Leslie Scalapino as well as essays on Notley's work and influence by Maggie Nelson, Eleni Sikelianos and interviews by Anselm and Edmund Berrigan. It also includes an essay by Alice Notley. 

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Vol. 22, Issues 1-2

Special Feature: Martha Ronk and Arthur Vogelsang

Fiction: Han Quek

Poetry: Christopher Arigo, Catherine Barnett, Martine Bellen, Karen Brennan, Forrest Cole, Christopher Davis, Cynthia Hogue, Ann Keniston, Jacqueline Lyons, Lara Ramsey, Sundin Richards, Red Shuttleworth, Cole Swensen, Catherine Wagner, and Brian Young

Essay: Dan Beachy-Quick

Book Review: Megan Johnson, Nick LoLordo, Matt Shears, and Donald Revell

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Vol. 21. Issues 1-2

Proem: Jarret Keene

Features: Charles Bernstein, Wole Soyinka, Standard Schaefer, Liz Waldner, and John Yau

Poetry: Dan Beachy-Quick, Earl Coleman, Crystal Curry, Norman Finkelstein, Jennifer Firestone, Gordon Hadfield, Steve Healey, Brian Henry, Pierre Joris, Janet Kaplan, Jarret Keene, Sally Keith, R.F. Marsocci, Timothy David Orme, April Ossmann, John Poch, Susan Schultz, Mark Taksa, Nathaniel Tarn, Lisa Visendi, and Liz Waldner

Fiction: Jane Stuart

Book Reviews: Jacqueline Diaz, Megan Johnson, Joshua Kryah, Matt Shears, Nick LoLordo, Donald Revell, and Catherine Wagner

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Vol. 18, Issues 1-2

Poetry: Agha Shahid Ali, Ken Autrey, Nancy Barber, Patrick Bennett Jeffrey Bolt, Daniel Bourne, Millicent Borges, Caroline Brooks, Joanne Clarkson, Robert Cooperman, Corrine De Winter, John Ditsky, Ken Dobel, James Doyle, Nelson James Dunford, Kathleen Flenniken, Carol Firth, Matthew Guenette, Lois Marie Harrod, Taj Jackson, Allison Eir Jenks, Gregory Jerozal, Kathleen Johnson, Paula, Koneazny, Len Krisak, Susan Landgraf, Naton Leslie, Amy Levin, Maurice Lindsay, Robert Lowenstein, Charles Edward Mann, Paul McRay, Errol Miller, Jenny Mueller, B.Z. Niditch, Joyce, Odam, Charles O'Hay, Ovid, Lance Phillips, Helen Pilibosian, Bernard Quetchenbach, Sundin Richards, Alane Rollings, Linda Russo, Jane Schaberg, Roy Scheele, Tory Schoultz, Susan M. Schultz, Timothy Shea, Yen Shu, Matthew J. Spireng, Richard Stolorow, Virgil Suarez, Charles Thomas, Ryan G. Van Cleave, Ken Waldman, Winsston Weathers, William John Watkins, Brian Young, Linda Young, and Scott Zieher

Fiction: E.R. Romaine

Reviews: Joshua Clover, Linda Russo, Claudia Keelen, and Catherine Wagner

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Interim: A Journal of Poetry & Poetics