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We are currently reading for Issue #42 from now until May 31, 2022. We seek poetry that explores the themes "bread, blood, and beats." Poems may address one, two, or all three of the themes. Creative interpretations are welcome. Submit up to five (5) poems in one document file only. We also are seeking photography and artwork for the issue. Please do not submit again until you have received a response on the status of your current submission. Issue #42 will be published in fall 2022.

DEADLINE for submissions is: May 31, 2022

No previously published work please.


What To Submit
Submit poetry only, (no fiction until further notice), black & white photographs, drawings, and illustrations. If submitting artwork by mail, please send scans or photocopies rather than originals.

We prefer contemporary urban themes—writing from the gut that is not afraid to bark or bite—and shy away from pastoral, religious, and rhyming verse.

If you're unsure, the editors strongly recommend that you sample a current or back issue of Slipstream. Submitting blindly to any magazine may result in wasting your time, money, and effort.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, as long as you inform us promptly if the work has been taken by another outlet.

2 Ways To Submit
Submissions for the magazine are accepted by U.S. Mail or electronically through our submission system, Submittable.
Please do not submit work via email.

U.S. Mail
If submitting via U.S. Mail, always include a self-addressed stamped envelope (with correct postage) for response and return of your poems.

Send to:
Slipstream Press
PO Box 2071
Niagara Falls, New York 14301

electronic submissions
Use our easy online submission manager.

> e-Submission Info

Payment is in copies of the magazine in which your work appears.

For Annual Chapbook Contest

  • $1,000 prize plus 50 professionally printed copies of your chapbook, published and distributed by Slipstream.
  • Deadline for entries: Dec. 1 every year
Send up to 40 pages of poetry any style, format, theme (or no theme) and a $20 check, bank draft, or money order for reading fee. Manuscripts will not be returned.

Simultaneous submissions are okay as long as you keep us informed of status. Previously published poems with proper acknowledgement and photocopies (that are easy on the eyes) are also acceptable.

All entrants receive a copy of the winning chapbook plus a classic issue of Slipstream magazine.

A winner is selected in the spring. Due to recent increases in the cost of mail, manuscripts will no longer be returned.
The winner is featured on the Slipstream web site and in all Slipstream catalogues, press releases and promotional materials. Additionally, the winner of the Slipstream Poetry Chapbook Contest is often featured on the Grants & Awards page of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Past winners include: Gerald Locklin, Sherman Alexie, Serena Fusek, Kurt Nimmo, Matt Buys, Robert Cooperman, Richard Amidon, Katharine Harer, Leslie Anne Mcilroy, Renny Christopher, Alison Pelegrin, Laurie Mazzaferro, Ronald Wardall, J.P. Dancing Bear, Nikki Roszko, Beth Anne Royer, Jason Irwin, Terry Godbey, Douglas Goetsch, Carrie Shipers, David Chorlton, Mary Carroll-Hackett, Sudasi Clement, John Cullen, Nicole Antonio, Neil Carpathios, Francine Witte, and most recently, Alan Catlin.

> See the Slipstream Chapbook Contest Winners Gallery




Or mail to:

Slipstream Poetry Contest
Dept. W-1
PO Box 2071
Niagara Falls, New York 14301