Beltway Poetry Quarterly


Call for Entries

The submissions period has now closed. To everyone who submitted poems for the upcoming Sterling A. Brown Tribute Issue, we thank you. We have sent out notifications of our decisions; if you did not hear from us, you are one of the two people whose email was returned as undeliverable. Please contact us! We hate these loose ends.

Beltway Poetry Quarterly does not accept unsolicited submissions outside our annual Call for Entries. Please join our local subscriber list or “like” our Facebook page 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

Photo: Addison Scurlock, Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institutions

Volume 18:4, Fall 2017
Sterling A. Brown Tribute Issue
For this special issue honoring DC’s first Poet Laureate, we present a selection of poems inspired by the life or poems of Sterling A. Brown, or poems that address some of his primary themes, including music, racial identity, and folklore. Introduction by Marcia Davis. Contributors: Robyn Brooks, Sarah Browning, Dorritt Carroll, Karl W. Carter, Jr., Christina Daub, Donna Denize, Brian Gilmore, Melanie Henderson, Emilio Iasiello, Sonja James, Brandon D. Johnson, Carolyn Joyner, Jacqueline Jules, Elizabeth Kirkpatrick-Vrenios, Tony Medina, E. Ethelbert Miller, Samuel A. Miranda, Sean Murphy, Lalita Noronha, Linda Pastan, Wesley Rothman, Myra Sklarew, A.B. Soellman, Bernadine (Dine) Watson, Terence Winch, Pamela Murray Winters, and Katherine E. Young.

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 who have passed away. 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. Featured poets will include: Natalie Clifford Barney, Gwendolyn Bennett, Anne Lynch Botta, Charlotte Forten Grimke, Leonora Speyer, Audrey Wurdemann, and Elinor Wylie.

Volume 19:2, Spring 2018
Portfolio Issue
Eight DC-area women and non-binary poets will be featured, with a range of poems by each. Featured authors TBA.

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