Beltway Poetry Quarterly


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.

Thank you to everyone who submitted poems for the Revolutionary Music Issue! The deadline for this special themed issue has now passed; the editors will be responding to submissions within the next two months.


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 no longer publish listings of Readings and Performances, Competitions, Grants, Calls for Entries, Workshops, and Special Events on the web site; these announcements are covered on our Facebook page instead.

Forthcoming Issues

Volume 21:1, Winter 2020
Poems About Revolutionary Music Issue
Poems selected from an open call for entries by the editors, Venus Thrash and Indran Amirthanayagam. Music awakens and transforms. Music can ignite revolutions in thought, word, and deed. Music can define an era, a people, a city. Poetry can do the same. In the spirit of “Don’t Mute DC,” this special themed issue will feature poems about music’s revolutionary, transformative power. We will include poems in response to music that has defined movements, places, and cultures: poems about music that tell the mean and ugly truths about our world and that show what our world can become.