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Welcome to the new home of Poetry South!

Poetry South's longtime editor, John Zheng, asked The W to take over the magazine, starting with Issue 8 in 2016. John continues to edit Valley Voices and the Journal of Ethnic American Literature and will remain on the masthead as Contributing & Advisory Editor along with Angela Ball, Carolyn Elkins, and Ted Haddin. Kendall Dunkelberg will step in as Editor, and the MFA program in Creative Writing will produce the magazine.

One of our first tasks has been to set up a website and increase the presence of Poetry South online. The magazine will remain a print journal, but we have now made archives of all past issues available online. A limited number of recent back issues are also available for $5. Sample poems from our new issue will be available soon.

Please pardon our dust as we build out the site!


Poetry South is a national journal that considers all kinds of poetry. Though we pay particular attention to writers from the South (born, raised, or living here), all poetry within our covers has a claim to the South because it is published here. The magazine has a tradition of including poets from other regions and other countries. We are looking for a great mix of styles and voices that will appeal to our audience and breathe new life into the poetry of the South.

Electronic submissions are preferred. Send 1-4 unpublished poems via our submissions manager. A brief cover letter is appreciated. We do accept simultaneous submissions. Please withdraw your poem through our submission manager if it is accepted elsewhere first. 

Our annual submission deadline is July 15. Submissions made after that date will be considered for the following year's issue, though response times may be longer, especially in summer.

Queries and subscriptions may also be sent by mail, addressed to: Poetry South, MFA Creative Writing, 1100 College St., W-1634, Columbus MS 39701. Or email queries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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