Beltway Poetry Quarterly


Call for Entries

Beltway Poetry Quarterly does not accept unsolicited submissions outside our annual Call for Entries. Please check back here for more information about future themes and reading periods, or join our local subscriber list to get direct email notifications.

Please note that Beltway Poetry Quarterly only publishes authors with strong ties to the Washington, DC region, and the surrounding Mid-Atlantic states of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Delaware.


Poetry News

Authors are invited to provide information about their readings, publications, and other activities for listing in the Poetry News section. Information should be submitted any time in the month prior to an event or publication to Please note that listings of Readings and Performances only include events in the greater Washington DC area, although we cover a larger geographic region for listings of Competitions, Grants, Calls for Entries, Workshops, and Special Events (covering all of DC, MD, VA, WV, and DE).

Forthcoming Issues

logoVolume 18:2, Spring 2017
Cave Canem 20th Anniversary Issue
Featuring 57 poems by 31 poets with strong ties to DC who have been fellows or faculty of Cave Canem over the past twenty years. Cave Canem Foundation is a national nonprofit organization that cultivates the artistic and professional growth of African American poets. Guest co-editors: Holly Bass and Joel Dias-Porter.

Volume 18:3, Spring 2017
Portfolio Issue
Seven featured authors, with a range of poems by each. Poets TBA.

Volume 18:4, Fall 2017
Sterling A. Brown Tribute Issue
We plan to hold an open call for submissions in the summer of 2017, for poems about DC’s first Poet Laureate. Poets from DC, MD, VA, WV, and DE are invited to send up to 5 poems inspired by the life or poems of Sterling A. Brown, or poems that address some of his primary themes. Check back for submission dates!

Volume 19:1, Winter 2018
Resurrection Issue, Part II
This issue will bring back into print the poetry of several women formerly based in the DC region. This is the second part in a series that honors poets whose work deserves a wider readership, but whose poems can be difficult to find online.

Announcement: All issues in 2018 will feature only women authors. Issues planned include: a Resurrection Issue reprinting the poems of women that are out of print and no longer available; and a Foremothers Issue.