Last Stanza Poetry Journal

Genres Published: 
Representative Authors: 
Michael Ansara, Scott Beal, Matthew Brennan, Michael Brockley, Michael H. Brownstein, Dan Carpenter, Jared Carter, Curtis L. Crisler, Luke Austin Daugherty, Karl Elder, James Green, John D. Groppe, Liza Hyatt, Michael Joyce, JL Kato, Norbert Krapf, Stellasue Lee, Lucy J. Madison, James Nolan, Denise O’Hagan, Jessica Reed, Royal Rhodes, Stephen R. Roberts, Mary Sexson, John Sherman, Christopher Stolle, David Vancil, Rp Verlaine
Digital, Print
Reading Period: 
Jan 1 to Dec 31
Response Time: 
Less than 3 months
Charges Reading Fee: 
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: 
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: 
Number of Debut Authors per Issue: 
No payment
Issues per Year: 
Issue Price: 
Less than 1,000

Editorial Focus

Themed issues with suggested prompts, but open to off-topic submissions of strong, personal, humorous, timely, or narrative poetry. Find the latest prompt on Last Stanza Poetry’s Facebook page. There's no reading fee. Prize of $100 for one outstanding poem per issue. Nominates for Pushcart Prize. Prize-winner’s interview will be published in each issue (optional). In print in softcover, full-color illustrated hardcover, and ebook.

Tips From the Editor

Submit up to three non-rhyming poems in a single Word document or in the body of your email to Each issue is sent to libraries throughout the United States. Limit submissions to five poems per issue. Any form, up to sixty-four lines. Most poems will be edited. Published in ebook, softcover, and color-illustrated hardcover. All back and current issues are available worldwide. Prefer unpublished. Please note credit if submitting one previously published. No payment/no contributor copy—sorry—other than the single $100 prize.

Contact Information

Jenny Kalahar, editor and publisher
634 North A Street
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Last updated: Apr 11, 2024