Beltway Poetry Quarterly


Call for Entries

Submissions are now closed for Beltway Poetry Quarterly’s special themed issue, “Envisioning the Future.” Thank you to everyone who sent us work.

Saida Agostini

Volume 19:4 will be curated by Venus Thrash and guest co-editor Saida Agostini. The issue will be published on October 1 and be the current issue through the last day of December 2018. This issue is presented as part of the year-long international initiative, Year of Publishing Women.



Beltway Poetry Quarterly does not accept unsolicited submissions outside our annual Call for Entries. 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. Join our local subscriber list or “like” our Facebook page to get direct email notifications.

Poetry News

Authors are invited to provide information about their publications, awards and other kudos, 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 as of January 2018, we will no longer publish listings of Readings and Performances, Competitions, Grants, Calls for Entries, Workshops, and Special Events on the web site; these announcements will  be covered on our Facebook page instead.

Forthcoming Issues

Announcement: All issues in 2018 will feature only women and non-binary authors. 

Volume 19:4, Fall 2018
Guest Co-Editor: Saida Agostini

Envisioning the Future Issue, with an open call for entries. This issue will be open to any women and non-binary poets who live or work in DC, MD, VA, WV, or DE. The reading period takes place from April 15 through June 1, 2018.

Volume 20:1, Winter 2019
US Poets Laureate Issue, Part II
Guest Editor: Dan Vera
This issue will include a timeline, with poems, reminiscences, correspondence, and essays by and about our US Poets Laureate.

Volume 20:2, Spring 2019
Jewish Poets Issue
Guest Co-Editor: Yermiyahu Ahron Taub
A range of poems about Jewish identity by authors who live in DC, MD, VA, WV, and DE will be showcased. We will announce an open call for this special issue during the month of January 2019. Stay tuned for more information!

Volume 20:3, Summer 2019
Portfolio Issue
Featuring seven poets, with a longer selection of work by each. Poets TBA.

Volume 20:4, Fall 2019
Twentieth Anniversary Issue
A celebration of our second decade, this issue will feature a selection of poems by the 22 poets who have served as guest editors or co-editors of the journal from 2010 to 2019. Featuring Elizabeth Acevedo, Saida Agostini, Francisco Aragón, Holly Bass, Abigail Beckel, Regie Cabico, Nancy Naomi Carlson, Margaret Corum, Teri Ellen Cross Davis, Joel Dias-Porter, Michael Gushue, Gowri Koneswaran, Michael Lally, Katy Richey, Kim Roberts, Myra Sklarew, stevenallenmay, Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, Venus Thrash, Dan Vera, Katherine E. Young, and Suzanne Zweizig.