General Submissions Guidelines

Vallum 19:1 Bridges

The ability to move oneself towards future possibilities and potentials brings us to bridges, to principles of connection. Our current social and mental states can often seem to function on the premise of fragmentation, with past and present chaos always sweeping away a moment of coming together. The bridging of gaps and grounding in the wake instability is crucial to our personal, and collective, well-being. We’re looking for poetry that speaks about these fractures and uncertainties, and/or about our abilities to overcome them, to build bridges.

Submissions Closed – Thank you for sending us your work!

Vallum is interested in original and previously unpublished work. Ideal submissions are well-crafted, fresh, and edgy. We are committed to enriching and continuing the tradition of poetry in the present day and we welcome submissions that deepen our understanding of what poetry is and can be. We are open to most styles, whether experimental or traditional—though issues are usually put together with an underlying theme in mind, so not all poetry can be accepted, even if it is genius!

Vallum does not accept fiction, plays, movie scripts, memoir, or creative non-fiction for publication. No unsolicited submissions of artwork or unsolicited chapbook manuscripts. To submit your manuscript to the Vallum Chapbook Award, please go  here. Essay and review submissions must follow MLA Style guidelines. Vallum acquires First North American Serial Rights.

Poetry: Up to 7 pages
Essay: 4-6 pages
Interview : 3-5 pages
Review : 1-3 pages
Audio and video poems: Up to 3 files [Audio: MP3, Video: MP4, H.264 encoding, AAC LC audio format]

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as submissions are withdrawn from Submittable in a timely manner. If your work has been published in our most recent issue, please wait one issue before submitting again, at which point we will be happy to consider more of your work.

Vallum also accepts submissions of audio and video poems for possible inclusion in the digital edition. All files must be in MP3 or MPEG-4 file format and cannot exceed 95MB in size.

Submissions are accepted through  Submittable only. Each submission requires a minimum $3 donation; any donation over $10 will be issued a charitable receipt. If this amount presents a barrier to your ability to submit, please contact We do not accept mailed submissions.

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The editors at Vallum strongly encourage Indigenous writers, writers of colour, gender non-conforming writers, differently abled writers, LGBTQI2S+ writers, writers with mental or physical illnesses, and writers who are otherwise affected by structural inequality to submit their work for consideration.