iO is always seeking excellent poetry to feature in its issues. While Editors reserve the right to solicit work, majority of our poems come through general submissions.

A few general rules:

We read year-round. You can submit up to five poems through this submission manager. Also, we ask you send only one batch at a time.

Please only send us word (.doc or .docx), RFT (.rtf), or PDF (.pdf) files. PLEASE Include all your work in a single document.

We do not consider fiction, non-fiction, or previously published work. If you have art, reviews, or an idea for an interview, please query the editorial staff at with your idea in a friendly-sized email.

We encourage and welcome simultaneous submissions. We know we’re not the only journal out there! But we do ask that you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

We like a wide range of poems regardless of aesthetics or style. Send us anything from formal to highly experimental. We’re looking for high quality poems that move us.

A cover note is nice, though not required.

It might take us two or three months to get back to you, but we do our best to make it less than that. Please do not query about work until three months have passed. We promise we are eager to get to your work!

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If we select your work for publication, we will ask for First North American Serial Rights.

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