In the past two years, Pleiades has had the incredible fortune to have seen our submissions double, and we are profoundly grateful for that gesture of faith. Because we strive to read and respond in a timely and thoughtful manner to all submissions, we will not be opening for more work this December so that we can dedicate ourselves to spending time with the work already sent in. Thank you for your interest in, and support of, our journal–we hope to get the opportunity to read your work soon!


Pleiades is proud to announce the inaugural Prufer Poetry Prize! Submissions will be read during the month of October, and the submissions manager will close at 11:59 PM CT on October 31. The winner will receive $1000 and publication in Pleiades for a single poem in any style or genre. Kevin Prufer, acclaimed poet and former Editor of Pleiades, will judge. Guidelines: Please click here to pay for the $20 entry fee to the prize. Please copy your order number.

Please submit 1-3 poems of any length via our submissions system at Please choose “Prufer Poetry Prize” as your genre. Do not put any identifying information on the poems, and please submit them all in a single document or PDF. In the comments, please include your order number. *Note: any submissions not marked “Prufer Poetry Prize” will not reach the editors and judge.

About Kevin Prufer:

Kevin Prufer

Kevin Prufer is the author of eight books of poetry, including The Art of Fiction (2021), How He Loved Them (2018), Churches (2014), In a Beautiful Country (2011), and National Anthem (2008), all from Four Way Books.

He’s also edited several volumes of poetry, including New European Poets (Graywolf Press, 2008; w/ Wayne Miller), Literary Publishing in the 21st Century (Milkweed Editions, 2016; w/ Wayne Miller & Travis Kurowski), and Into English: Poems, Translations, Commentaries (Graywolf Press, 2017; w/Martha Collins). 

With Wayne Miller, Prufer directs the Unsung Masters Series, a book series devoted to bringing the work of great but little known authors to new generations of readers through the annual republication of a large body of each author’s work, printed alongside essays, photographs, and ephemera.

Prufer is a professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston and the low-residency MFA at Lesley University.

Among Prufer’s awards and honors are four Pushcart prizes and several Best American Poetry selections, numerous awards from the Poetry Society of America, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lannan Foundation. His poetry collection How He Loved Them was long-listed for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize and received the Julie Suk Award for the best poetry book of 2018 from the American literary press.


Our next special folio, curated by Ruben Quesada, will feature work by Latinx LGBTQIA+ identifying poets. To have your work be considered, please email 3-5 poems to Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please email with the subject line WITHDRAW to let us know if any of your poems are accepted elsewhere. Only poems received between Sept. 1, 2021 and Sept. 30, 2021 will be considered.

Ruben Quesada (PhD) is author of Revelations, Next Extinct Mammal, and translator of Selected Translations of Luis Cernuda. He is an Associate Teaching Fellow at the Attic Institute and he serves on the board of the National Book Critics Circle. The recipient of a 2021 Individual Artist grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events from the City of Chicago, he is at work on a short film about Latinx poetry. He lives in Chicago. 


We are OPEN for submissions from December 1-January 1 and June 1-July 1 every year. Unsolicited poetry, fiction, and nonfiction submissions should be submitted via our online submissions manager. Unfortunately, we cannot consider paper submissions and emailed submissions, and mailed manuscripts will be recycled. Submissions sent outside the submission period will not be considered.

• Please remember to select the genre of your submission, as submissions sent with no genre marked will not be read.

• Though we attend to submissions as quickly as possible, please allow for up to six months before querying.

• We are especially interested in reading submissions from writers from historically marginalized communities as part of our commitment to a broad representation of dynamic work.

• Writers should review past issues of Pleiades to get a sense of our aesthetic and preferences. Order Pleiades here.



Please send 3-5 poems. We are particularly interested in work that embraces risk and is lyrically inventive. We value work that gives voice to a range of lived experiences and employs a mastery of expression. Work of any length will be considered, and we look forward to reading your most polished poems. Please do not submit multiple packets during one submissions period. Direct questions regarding poetry to Erin Adair-Hodges at


Pleiades is looking for exceptional fiction, with a focus on well-developed characters, memorable language, provocatively-wrought subject matter, and immersive settings. While there are no length requirements, our journal has limited space, and manuscripts over 12,000 words will especially need to impress. Some stories may be considered for our “online exclusives” category. Please direct questions regarding fiction to Jennifer Maritza McCauley at


While we enjoy essays and nonfiction in all forms, here at Pleiades we are particularly interested in creative nonfiction that gazes out at the world rather than into the self. This is to say nothing against memoir, only that our publishing aesthetic leans towards the exterior in order to balance what see as a focus on memoir and interiority in most literary journals. Essays that perform a weave of the personal with an outward gaze are very welcome. We do not only consider externally-focused creative nonfiction, but this is our taste preference. Limit creative nonfiction submissions to 6,000 words. Please direct questions regarding nonfiction to Clint Crockett Peters at


The Pleiades Book Review is now published online. We are open for book review submissions year-round. If you are interested in submitting a book review to be considered for the PBR, please submit via our submissions portal at We prefer submissions of full reviews to emailed queries, and make sure you mark your genre as “book reviews for Pleiades.” Any mailed or emailed book review submissions will not considered. Direct any questions to Reviews Editor Taneum Bambrick at Reviews should be submitted exclusively by the reviewers themselves (not by the authors of the work being reviewed). We encourage experimental reviews—reviews that borrow from creative nonfiction, adopt a unique form, compare something new to something old, etc.—and are very interested in new interpretations of what a book review is and can look like.  Note: Pleiades book reviews are 800-1200 words.


• Pleiades DOES accept simultaneous submissions, but we ask that you notify us immediately if a piece is accepted elsewhere. *If you need to withdraw your work from consideration, please email the appropriate genre editor with the subject line “Withdrawal.” Please ONLY email through the links provided above.

• To have a book considered for review, send a review copy to: Pleiades Book Review • Dept of English, Martin 336 • University of Central Missouri • Warrensburg, MO 64093. Please note: not all books received will be reviewed, though we do review 40+ books in each year.