We publish two issues of Passager Journal each year, as well as a number of books of poetry, short stories, and memoir. There are three ways to publish with Passager:

Poetry Contest

Submission period: February 15 – April 15
Publication: August/September
Accepted genres: poetry only
Up to 5 poems, 40-line max ea.
$20 reading fee, includes 1-year subscription to Passager
$1000 prize. Honorable mentions will be published.
Now accepting submissions!

Open Issue

Submission period: June 1- September 15
Publication: January/February
Accepted genres: poetry, memoir, short fiction
Up to 5 poems, 40-line max ea. OR 4,000 words of prose
No reading fee
Not accepting submissions at this time.

Submission Guidelines

Writers must be age 50 or older at the time of publication to submit.

We prefer hard copy submissions, but for your convenience, you may also submit online via Submittable. All paper entries may be mailed to:

7401 Park Heights Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21208

Include a cover letter and brief bio.

Include your name and contact information on each page (even for the Poetry Contest, or when submitting online).

Checks for the Poetry Contest reading fee should be made out to “Passager.”

No previously published work will be considered.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere!

No email entries accepted.

Unfortunately, we are unable to return submitted work to you.

Work received outside of the submission period will not be considered.

We urge you to become familiar with Passager before submitting. Read samples of past issues or order sample copies.

Have a question that wasn’t covered here? Please check our FAQs page.

Passager does not read unsolicited book manuscripts.

Passager only publishes manuscripts from authors whose work has appeared in Passager Journal. This allows us to build a relationship with our authors and their work. Please submit to the journal so we can get to know you!

Submissions to the Henry Morgenthau Poetry Prize are now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted work! All applicants will be notified of the award results by email by March 1, 2020.

Judge: David Keplinger
Prize: $3,000

Reminders for applicants:

Online applicants may verify the receipt of their manuscript by logging into Submittable. Passager assumes no responsibility for manuscripts not received due to user error.

Applicants may submit manuscripts elsewhere simultaneously but must notify Passager immediately if a manuscript is accepted for publication by another publisher.

Passager cannot consider manuscript revisions during the course of the contest. The winning poet will have an opportunity to revise before publication.

All correspondence concerning the contest should be addressed to Passager, 7401 Park Heights Ave. Baltimore, MD 21208. Or email: editors@passagerbooks.com