Black Napkin Press was founded on the principle of powerful poetry that explodes out of its writer, poetry that demands to be written. We want your experimental, we want your provocative, your queer (in every sense of the word), your irreverent and your holy, we want the poems that you need in the world. We are searching for narratives that disrupt the mainstream image of poetry. While each of the editors has their own specific tastes, we tend to value feeling over form. We like poetry that carries an ache (even a joyful one), poetry that punches you in the heart and leaves you with the taste of blood on your teeth.

​We are committed to the principles of inclusive & diverse writing/publishing. This means that we actively seek work from writers/artists of marginalized identities. Please submit to us if you are a person of color, a queer or trans person, a disabled person, a woman/femme/nonbinary person, a neurodivergent person, an asexual/aromantic person, an immigrant, an undocumented person, a trauma survivor, an atheist/agnostic/or member of a non-christian religion, or any other person that is often underrepresented in media.  Your voices are important, we want to make them heard.

Our magazine is published quarterly in March, June, September, & December. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to be a paying market.

Submit 2-6 poems in any style (no more than 10 pages) in a single document. Please include a personal bio of no more than fifty words, written in the third person in the body of your email. We also ask that you include your gender pronouns in your bio directly following your name, ex. torrin a. greathouse (they/them). You may also include links to your Facebook, Twitter, and website to help fans find more of your published works. 

Black Napkin Press will happily consider simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere by adding a note to your submission. Please, do not withdraw a submission unless all the poems included in it have been accepted elsewhere.

Black Napkin Press does not publish work that is sexist, racist, classist, transphobic, homophobic, ableist, or in any other way bigoted. Also, DO NOT send work that depicts child molestation, rape (unless it is your own experience, and is handled with sensitivity), gratuitous violence or sex, bestiality, or necrophilia. We will immediately reject work that includes these elements.

We try to respond to all submissions within 30 days, however this may change with submission volume. We will try to keep submitters updated on this through our social media.

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Help support Black Napkin Press by submitting to our tip jar! Submissions to this category are greatly appreciated and will ensure that we continue to operate for years to come. Please note that Tip Jar Submissions carry the same weight as general submissions, however, tip jar submissions will receive a personalized response from our Managing Editor or Editor in Chief. 

Submit 2-6 poems in any style (no more than 10 pages) in a single document. Please include a personal bio of no more than fifty words, written in the third person in the body of your email. We also ask that you include your gender pronouns in your bio directly following your name, ex. torrin a. greathouse (they/them). You may also include links to your Facebook, Twitter, and website to help fans find more of your published works. 

Black Napkin Press will happily consider simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere by adding a note to your submission. Please, do not withdraw a submission unless all the poems included in it have been accepted elsewhere.

Black Napkin Press does not publish work that is sexist, racist, classist, transphobic, homophobic, ableist, or in any other way bigoted. Also, DO NOT send work that depicts child molestation, rape (unless it is your own experience, and is handled with sensitivity), gratuitous violence or sex, bestiality, or necrophilia. We will immediately reject work that includes these elements.

We try to respond to all submissions within 30 days, however this may change with submission volume. We will try to keep submitters updated on this through our social media.

Ends on August 31, 2017$15.00
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Once per year Black Napkin Press will run the Chapbook Competition for an unpublished chapbook of poems 20-35 pages in length from June 1st to August 31st. The winning manuscript will be chosen by contest judge Siaara Freeman from a small selection of finalists. The winning manuscript will be published as a perfect bound chapbook, and the author will receive a $200 prize, and twenty copies of the book. Additionally, all finalists will be considered for publication through Black Napkin Press.

We are looking for powerful, cohesive, and provocative manuscripts. While we have a range of different editorial tastes, we are interested in poetry which is exacting in its use of language, bold in the way it speaks, and gentle in the way each poem holds the reader’s breath. We have always said, We like poetry that carries an ache (even a joyful one), poetry that punches you in the heart and leaves you with the taste of blood on your teeth.

Black Napkin Press is committed to diverse publishing, and as such, we are particularly interested in the work of people of color, queer or trans people, disabled people, women/femmes/nonbinary people, neurodivergent people, immigrants, undocumented people, trauma survivors, indigenous people, and other people of marginalized identities.

All submissions will be read blind by our panel of editors as well as our final guest judge Siaara Freeman. All manuscripts should include a title page (including only the title of the manuscript), a table of contents, and an acknowledgments page. Do not include your name anywhere in the manuscript, this will result in your submission being immediately rejected.

Please include a brief third-person bio in your cover note on Submittable. This will be made accessible to the editorial panel after the winning manuscript has been selected.

Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but please notify us by withdrawing your manuscript on Submittable immediately if it is accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are also permitted, however each submission will require an additional fee. Collaborative collections are welcome. We are not accepting works in translation at this time.

Manuscripts must be paginated and formatted in an easy-to-read font such as Garamond or Times New Roman. Manuscripts should be 20-35 pages in length, not including front matter. Individual poems may be previously published, but not the collection as a whole.

This option includes a copy of the winning chapbook!

Ends on August 31, 2017$5.00
$5.00

Once per year Black Napkin Press will run the Chapbook Competition for an unpublished chapbook of poems 20-35 pages in length from June 1st to August 31st. The winning manuscript will be chosen by contest judge Siaara Freeman from a small selection of finalists. The winning manuscript will be published as a perfect bound chapbook, and the author will receive a $200 prize, and twenty copies of the book. Additionally, all finalists will be considered for publication through Black Napkin Press.

We are looking for powerful, cohesive, and provocative manuscripts. While we have a range of different editorial tastes, we are interested in poetry which is exacting in its use of language, bold in the way it speaks, and gentle in the way each poem holds the reader’s breath. We have always said, We like poetry that carries an ache (even a joyful one), poetry that punches you in the heart and leaves you with the taste of blood on your teeth.

Black Napkin Press is committed to diverse publishing, and as such, we are particularly interested in the work of people of color, queer or trans people, disabled people, women/femmes/nonbinary people, neurodivergent people, immigrants, undocumented people, trauma survivors, indigenous people, and other people of marginalized identities.

All submissions will be read blind by our panel of editors as well as our final guest judge Siaara Freeman. All manuscripts should include a title page (including only the title of the manuscript), a table of contents, and an acknowledgments page. Do not include your name anywhere in the manuscript, this will result in your submission being immediately rejected.

Please include a brief third-person bio in your cover note on Submittable. This will be made accessible to the editorial panel after the winning manuscript has been selected.

Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but please notify us by withdrawing your manuscript on Submittable immediately if it is accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are also permitted, however each submission will require an additional fee. Collaborative collections are welcome. We are not accepting works in translation at this time.

Manuscripts must be paginated and formatted in an easy-to-read font such as Garamond or Times New Roman. Manuscripts should be 20-35 pages in length, not including front matter. Individual poems may be previously published, but not the collection as a whole.

Please submit 1-5 high-resolution images (300dpi or greater).We have a wide range of aesthetic tastes, however, we are looking for work that shows both control in its medium, and a strong artistic vision. Our preferences tend toward the evocative, the surreal, the visually demanding, and the complex aesthetic. We want art that catches the eye, that demands the viewer to stop and notice it.

​Black Napkin Press will hold all our art submissions to the same standard as the poetry we publish. Please make sure that your submissions are in good taste. Gratuitous nudity, gore, depictions of torture, drug use, rape, or any of the other potential causes for automatic rejection listed above, will result in the immediate rejection of an art submission.