A Journal of Poetry, Criticism, and Translation

Submission Information


Here's what we're looking for:


Mantis is interested in the best new poetry—across a range of aesthetics, subject matters, and locales—that is currently being written. We value evocative imagery, syntactical play, a well-tuned ear, and an engagement with a poem’s shape or form. We embrace the unique, the startling, and the well crafted, however it’s achieved.

With this in mind, please send us 5 to 7 pages of your finest poetry. This may include a short sequence or an excerpt from a longer poem. If we’re keen on a longer piece, we’ll query you to send more.

You can expect to hear from us within three months. Simultaneous submissions are welcomed, though we expect that you’ll note this in your cover letter, and notify us if you contract your work elsewhere.

Send all poems to: mantispoetry@gmail.com


We're most interested in publishing translations that will expose our readers to compelling and unfamiliar work. We tend to choose translations by contemporary poets. When we publish work by poets of the past, it's usually because we find it underappreciated or neglected in English. As with our poetry offerings, we're especially interested in series of poems from a single project or period.

Please send your translations (with the original) and a brief note introducing yourself and the poet you're translating to mantistranslations@gmail.com.


We're looking for reviews of books of poetry or especially poetry in translation published in the last few years. We also welcome reviews of significant volumes of collected poems or interesting anthologies. You can contact us to propose a review you already have in mind or to request a list of available titles of which we've recieved review copies.

If you'd like to propose a review or request a list of our available titles, please contact us at mantisreviews@gmail.com.

Features/Essays/Interviews, etc.

Each issue of Mantis also has one or more features on a particular poet, theme, or question of poetics.  You can check out past issues to give you an idea of what we have in mind.  We're always looking for guest editors who are interested in proposing and coordinating a feature. We also sometimes send out calls for work when a feature is underway. You can contact us using the contact form to propose a feature or check back here for calls for work.

 If you're interested in proposing a new feature, please use our contact form. As features develop, we may solicit, send out calls for work, or post more specific instructions for submission here.