Atlanta Review

Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Atlanta Review, an international, award-winning poetry journal based in Atlanta, Georgia, has been published biannually since 1994. We publish all kinds of great poetry; we do not subscribe to any particular “school.” We read and admire lyric, narrative, experimental, form, free verse, prose poems, and any other kind of poetry.

Social Media Platforms Used
Twitter and Instagram
Is Your Group Affiliated With A University, Portal Or Other Agency?
If Yes, Please Name
Georgia Institute of Technology
Primary Editor/Contact Person
JC Reilly
Contact Title
Managing Editor
Representative Authors
Marilynn Talal, Ted Kooser, Rebecca Baggett
Submissions Policy
Poets can submit up to 5 poems (for 7 total pages) during a reading period (Jan 1-June 1; September 15-Dec. 1) to either our Submittable page or via snail mail. Our fall issue is our Contest results issue, and our spring issue is internationally-focused, but we accept general submissions for both issues. We ask that all poems come without identifying material on the poems themselves, as we read anonymously.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
Reporting Time
4 - 6 months
Author Payments
Number Of Unpaid Staff
Year Founded
Average Print Run
Total Circulation
Paid Subscriptions
Single Copy Price
Total Number Of Issues Published
Back Issues Available
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
If Yes, What Percent Of All Unsolicited MSS Are Published
Average Number Of Pages
JC Reilly
Managing Editor
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
When the previous Editor, Dan Veach, stepped down, he gave the journal to the current Editor, Karen Head, a friend of mine. She said, "I want you to be the Managing Editor." And so I was.
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
I supervise between 3-6 readers at any given time, and deal with submissions, correspondence, finances, typesetting, and proofing the magazine. I report to the Editor, mostly to get her final opinion on the poems we publish.
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
Yes. Have one! I like cover letters. They don't have to be fancy. I like if they mention the list of poems in their submission, and a person's hobbies outside of writing (though it's not necessary).
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
People can send in submissions by snail mail, but most of our subs come through Submittable. We read them a number of times before they go to the Editor to decide.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
I look for a variety of things--fresh language and imagery and form (of course), but also empathy and the human. I want to see a poem (or a pack of poems) that makes me feel something honest and real. I want poems that risk something.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Everyone has to start somewhere! We've published first-time writers alongside famous folks. I would encourage first-time submitters to just take the plunge and send us five of of their poems. We like all kinds of poems, and all kinds of writers.
Do You Have A Favorite Unsolicited Submission Discovery Or Anecdote?
The most famous poet who ever sent me a pack of poems was Marge Piercy. I was so excited to see brand new poems from her! Of course we've had many famous writers over the years, but she was my first Big Poet!
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
My ideal reader is any reader! Someone who reads poem by poem, or who skips around--it doesn't matter. I'm just glad they are reading the journal, and I hope it gives them real joy and pleasure.