Submitting to the Journal:

We publish two issues of Passager Journal a year, an Open Issue (poetry, memoir/personal essay, and short fiction), and a Poetry Contest Issue (poetry only). We urge you to become familiar with Passager before submitting work. Browse through some of our older issues, or order sample copies.


Requirements for all submissions:

Writers must be age 50 or older at the time of publication to submit work. (Poetry Contests are typically published around July/August of each year, and Open Issues around January/February.)
We prefer hard copy submissions, but for your convenience, you may also submit online via Submittable. All paper entries may be mailed to:

1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Include your name and contact information on each page (even for the Poetry Contest, or when submitting online).
No previously published work will be considered.
Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere!
No email entries.

Questions? Email Christine at


2017 Poetry Contest

The reading period for this year’s Poetry Contest has ended! Thank you to everyone who sent us work. We hope to have all of our notifications out in June.


2018 Open Issue

Submit work between June 1 and September 15, 2017. There is no reading fee*. Please send a hard copy or use Submittable. Send:

  • Up to five poems (40-line max) and/or up to 4,000 words of fiction/nonfiction
  • An email address or a self-addressed stamped envelope (for notification)
  • A cover letter and brief bio

*Submitting online requires a $2.00 fee. This is not a reading fee. It is a Submittable fee so that we may continue to use their services.

Submitting to Passager Books:

Passager Books only considers book manuscripts from writers who have had work previously published in our journal. This allows us to build a relationship with our authors and their work.

We are not reading unsolicited manuscripts at this time. Thank you.