Shō Poetry Journal

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Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Shō Poetry Journal is a small-press print journal coming out of a 20-year hibernation. Our mission is to publish a diverse range of voices, including poets who have been historically underrepresented or overlooked. We seek to champion poets at all stages of their careers, with special attention given to the work of emerging poets. Shō Poetry Journal is an imprint of Hohm Press, a nonprofit publisher of spiritual literature, health books, and poetry. As an Arizona-based journal, Shō welcomes free submissions from Native poets during every reading period, and runs one free submission window for BIPOC poets during every reading period. We nominate select works for major prizes such as The Pushcart Prize, Best New Poets, and Best Spiritual Literature, and submit every issue to venues such as Verse Daily. All work accepted for publication will be considered for the Shō Poetry Prize (best poem in issue) and the Sita Martin Prize (best poem by an emerging poet). Each winner receives $250 and a one-year subscription to Shō.

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Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Bluesky
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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Johnny Cordova & Dominique Ahkong
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Recent Awards Received
Poetry that has appeared in Shō has been chosen for inclusion in Best Spiritual Literature and Verse Daily.
Representative Authors
Sean Thomas Dougherty, Arah Ko, Nathan Xavier Osorio
Submissions Policy
Shō welcomes submissions of previously unpublished poetry. Please do not send work that has previously appeared in a print journal, online journal, or on social media or a personal website. 1. Submit up to five unpublished poems at a time. Please include page numbers and your name on every page. Name your file (.doc, .docx, or .pdf) as follows: FirstName_LastName 2. Your cover letter should include the titles you are submitting and a third-person bio (60 words or less). – If your poem is 'after' another poet, please name the poem it's after, or provide any relevant details in your cover letter. – Simultaneous submissions are fine as long as you specify this in your cover letter and send us a message through Submittable if your work is accepted elsewhere. Please do not withdraw poems via email or our website. *Please note that we accept paper submissions from incarcerated writers only. These submissions must include an SASE and must be postmarked within the dates of our reading period. Specify whether manuscripts should be returned.* Submission period for Shō No. 6 (Winter 2025): July 1, 2024 to September 30, 2024 Submission period for Shō No. 7 (Summer 2025): January 1, 2025 to March 31, 2025
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
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Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
Reporting Time
1 - 4 weeks
Author Payments
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Year Founded
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Paid Subscriptions
Single Copy Price
Back Issues Available
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
6 - 9
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What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
Shō Poetry Journal is run by two people who read submissions, then edit, design, and typeset the journal, who manage Shō's website and social media feeds, handle shipping, distribution, promotion, fundraising, etc...
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
Keep it simple and professional. Include any necessary notes on a poem (e.g. if it's 'after' a poem or poet, provide the title or poet's name). Don't explain your work; let the work speak for itself.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
Every submission is read by both editors. We read work on a rolling basis, accepting poems as they come in throughout our reading period.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
We look for work that engages us with energy, clarity, and vulnerability.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Follow the guidelines. Don't try to impress. Most literary journals would be thrilled to be the first to publish a promising new poet!
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
Someone who is open to a wide range of contemporary poetry.