The Arabic Poetry Issue: Revolution and Rebellion

Update: The reading period is extended for the special issue until December 30th.

The International Poetry Review is accepting submissions for its Spring 2020 issue titled The Arabic Poetry Issue: Revolution and Rebellion. Submissions on the Arab Spring and its aftermath, civil war, protest songs, and popular uprising broadly defined are especially welcome. The issue will be guest-edited by Suja Sawafta. Contemporary translation is the Review’s primary focus, appearing in bilingual format, along with a limited section, in every issue, of poetry originally written in English. We look for translations from the work of contemporary poets, without adhering rigidly to any one school of translation theory. We do request that the translator be responsible for securing translation and publication rights as necessary.

For this special issue, only work received between May 1st to October 1st will be considered for publication.  Submissions of 2-3 poems are preferred, but individual poem submissions will also be accepted. Please provide the original Arabic-language text as well as the translation. For this issue, we also welcome submissions from Arab Anglophone writers who have written poetry that relates to the theme. We require fonts compatible with Microsoft Word for Macintosh. Translations should not have appeared anywhere else, including self-published chapbooks or on Internet sites.  Individuals will be informed of decisions to publish in mid to late October.

Submissions should be sent via email as word attachments and sent to the guest editor:

We strongly recommend that prospective contributors first read the magazine.
For a sample copy, please send $6 [checks should be made out to International Poetry Review] to the following address:

International Poetry Review
Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
2336 MHRA Bldg. PO Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170

International Poetry Review is indexed in the American Humanities Index.


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