Pinwheel publishes three issues of poetry, artwork, and photography per year. Our issues include poets at various stages of their writing careers, and we do not subscribe to one creative aesthetic over another. If one is so inclined, one can like Pinwheel on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.


We proudly nominate poems for Best of the Net, The Pushcart Prize, and Bettering American Poetry.


Pinwheel was founded by Stephen Danos and Dolly Lemke.



Pinwheel is looking for two to three volunteer Assistant Poetry Editors to contribute to our editorial staff! Please read the details below. This call ends March 31, 2019.


First, at Pinwheel an Assistant Poetry Editor does not work ‘beneath’ anyone. We believe in a flat hierarchy, where editors can bring their opinions, beliefs, and dreams to the editorial table.


Second, we are looking for advanced readers who can find beauty in poems by the emerging and established alike, and who aren’t beholden to a single aesthetic. It’s best if you appreciate poems of many styles, configurations, and forms. We especially love poems that disrupt traditional norms, even if they employ standard forms.


Finally, at Pinwheel we are committed to publishing work from a diverse spectrum of voices. We want our editorial board to reflect that commitment. We are looking for editorial perspectives from underrepresented/minority communities (P.O.C., LGBTQIA+, persons with disabilities, etc.). If you identify as someone from one or more of these communities we especially encourage you to apply.

Click here to read further guidelines and apply.


We hold an open reading period every May and receive submissions via Submittable. We look forward to reading your poems!



Here at Pinwheel, we request First North American Serial Rights, as well as acknowledgment in all subsequent publications of poems we publish. Naturally, all rights revert to the author upon either the refusal of those terms or the publication of poems in Pinwheel. We promise to keep every poem we publish alive in our Archive, pending the apocalypse.


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