Beltway Poetry Quarterly


Call for Entries

Beltway Poetry Quarterly seeks poems for a special themed issue! Submit up to 5 poems with the form below between April 15 and June 1. Only women and non-binary poets who live or work in DC, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, or Delaware are eligible to submit. There is no fee to enter. Poems must fit the theme “Envisioning the Future.”

In Black Radical Imagination, Robin D.G. Kelley notes that poets, writers, philosophers and visual artists are at the heart of all social movements. Kelley argues that artists helped us dream the world we were fighting for, rather than simply being mired in what we are fighting against. For Beltway Poetry Quarterly’s 2018 Fall Issue, we invite you to articulate how you envision the future. If we as artists are the architects of the future – what is the world your art seeks to create? How will we know when we are free? Share the poems that take us into a future of your own making.

Saida Agostini

Poems may interpret the theme widely. 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.

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Please note: our system is sometimes slow but it really does work. Submit only once: trust the system! Your poems will come through! PLEASE do not submit multiple times.

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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

Volume 19:3, Summer 2018
First Books Issue, Part V
Selections from the first full-length, single-author books of poems by eight women and non-binary authors from the greater DC region. This is the fifth in a series of special First Books Issues. Featured poets: Safia Elhillo, Lalita Noronha, Anne A. Philips, Seema Reeza, Leona Sevick, Jeneva Burroughs Stone, and Nicole Tong.

Volume 19:4, Fall 2018
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.

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