We publish two issues of Passager Journal a year, an Open Issue (fall/winter), and a Poetry Contest Issue (spring/summer). We urge you to become familiar with Passager before submitting work. Browse through some of our older issues, or order sample copies.


General Requirements:

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.
No previously published work.
Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere!
No email entries.

Questions? Email Christine at Editors@passagerbooks.com



2017 Open Issue

The reading period for this year’s Open Issue has closed! Thank you everyone who sent us work. Stay tuned for updates about the journal’s progress here.

Update 11/13/16: Production for the journal is well under way! It’s release is on track for early 2017.


2017 Poetry Contest

Submit poems for the contest issue between February 15 and April 15, 2017. Please send a hard copy or use Submittable. Send:

  • Up to five poems (40-line maximum for each)
  • An email address or a self-addressed stamped envelope (for notification)
  • A cover letter and brief bio
  • A $20 reading fee, which includes a one-year subscription to Passager.

Winner receives $500 and publication. Honorable mentions will be published.


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.