TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics

Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Launched in 2013,Tab Journal is an international journal of all things poetry at Tabula Poetica: The Center for Poetry at Chapman University. The project is a collaboration between writer Anna Leahy and information designer Claudine Jaenichen. When we say, “space before text,” we mean that design thinking extends both to textual content and to the space the work creates. We understand that form, format, and design of text and space can create various reading experiences. Because Tab Journal appears as a unique print issue each January and as online issues the rest of the year, we experiment with design, materiality, and the reading experience as print and electronic forms negotiate coexistence. As part of our design thinking, Tab Journal is committed to creating an increasingly inclusive literary space, welcoming work that represents a variety of approaches and aesthetics, including work from those whose voices have been traditionally underrepresented in literary publishing.

Social Media Platforms Used
Twiiter @TabJournal & Facebook
Is Your Group Affiliated With A University, Portal Or Other Agency?
If Yes, Please Name
Chapman University
Primary Editor/Contact Person
Anna Leahy
Contact Title
Submissions Policy
Tab Journal welcomes submissions of all things related to poetry: original poems in English, English translations of poems in other languages, poetry-artwork combinations, creative essays about poetry, critical essays about specific poems or poets, interviews with poets, and other work related to poetry. We welcome submissions from writers with a variety of backgrounds, experiences, voices, and aesthetics and encourage BIPOC, LGBTQ, and Disabled poets to send us work. Word documents are preferred, but RTF and PDF are okay and sometimes better for retaining formatting if you are working with visual forms.Your name and identifying information should not appear in the file name or inside the file. We have added optional demographic questions to the submissions form to help us track our efforts in creating an inclusive literary space. Submissions readers don’t see any of this identifying information. Because we do not currently pay contributors, we do not charge a submission fee, nor do we charge readers for access to the issues. We are working on ways to compensate contributors.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Submission Guidelines URL
Year Founded
Average Print Run
Total Circulation
500-800 for print issue, plus 5 online issues