2024 POETICS Poetry Contest

Type: Poetry

Theme: Water: Life & Death

Each winner will be published in the Summer POETICS 2024 issue.

Click here to submit!

The Details


  • Submissions will be open from June 1, 2024 to July 31, 2024 
  • Winners will be announced by September 1, 2024.
  • POETICS 2024 will be published in the Fall
  • Each submission should be 1 - 5 poems


  • Poetry only.
  • Times New Roman, 12-point font is preferred
  • The work must not have been previously published
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw the work if the story has been accepted elsewhere. 
  • No artwork, illustrations, photography
  • English works only, no translations
  • Please submit your manuscript in .doc or .docx format
  • These will be blind submissions. Please do not include your name, email, address, or any identifying characteristics on the poem. All work is considered by two judges
  • Only one submission per person
  • The submission fee is $6.00 

Please format your subject line as "Poetry Contest - "Title of Work"

​What we will refuse:

  1. No work that glorifies or encourages harmful or illegal acts, such as suicide, drug use, or excessive and unnecessary depictions of extreme violence.
  2. If your work contains references or implications of sensitive topics like suicide, self-harm, or assault, please include a content warning at the beginning of your submission.

Bainbridge Island Press embraces diversity and does not permit any form of discrimination or hate towards individuals or groups based on race, religion, national origin, gender, disability, or family status.


Book Manuscripts

We have a passion for undiscovered poets seeking to publish their first book.  Manuscripts should be approx 80-120 pages in length.  You can submit your manuscripts in Word or PDF format to  No reading fees are required.

With your manuscript, please include the following:

  1. Your full name
  2. Location
  3. A brief history of your writing career
  4. A list of previous publications
  5. A description of your work, the vision you have for it and what you hope to convey to the reader

Accepted submissions will be notified by email and offered a publishing contract.  All published authors are compensated.

Anthologies & Journal Submissions

BIP periodically publishes anthologies and our semi-annual POETICS journal. Submissions should be in Word or PDF format.

Submissions can be made to  Please include the following:

  1. Your full name
  2. Location
  3. The intended publication, if known.
  4. A brief bio of yourself

Authors maintain full copyright of their work and are not compensated.