We generally publish 2–3 poems in each issue. Please use this form for all poetry, even poems that might be intended for specific issues.

We publish poems that use image and metaphor to recreate an experience for the reader—which show rather than tell, “be” rather than mean. The subject matter should show an awareness of Friends ways and concerns, as well as sensitivity to them, although the poet need not be a Friend. We prefer poems that are short, have titles, are adequately punctuated, use words sparingly, and are written in form.

Please submit a maximum of three poems at any given time; we prefer that each is uploaded individually.

  • Also note that we are currently seeking out a new volunteer poetry editor. You can learn more and apply on our Poetry Editor Search page. Applications accepted through Nov. 18, 2019.