Button Poetry publishes poetry by our contest winners and groundbreaking artists from around the world. Please read about our contests below so you can prepare for your next submission! Button Poetry is not open to any unsolicited submissions outside of our contest periods. We announce our contest submission periods on our social media, and you can get announcements right in your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.

If you entered any of our 2018 or 2019 open submissions periods, you can check the status of your submission by logging into your Submittable account.

  • Short Form contest
    Our next short form contest will open for submissions around Summer 2021.
    Button Poetry’s annual Short Form contest invites original, short poems or excerpts of 250 characters to be featured on the official Button Poetry Instagram! Anyone, ANYWHERE is eligible to enter with no entry fee. Winning entries are made into a graphics that will be posted along with the author’s Instagram handle in the months after the contest.
    More questions? View the Short Form contest FAQ.

  • Video contest
    Our next video contest will open for submissions Summer 2021 (typically July or August).
    Button Poetry accepts videos of original poetry once a year. Winner’s of Button’s annual video contest win an honorarium in addition to being featured alongside runners-up across Button’s social media.
    More questions? View the Video contest FAQ.

  • Chapbook contest
    Our next chapbook contest will open for submissions November 16th, 2020 – January 8th, 2021
    Each year Button accepts full-length manuscripts from aspiring and accomplished poets from all over. Winning manuscripts become beautiful chapbook, published by Button Poetry. In addition, winners receive an honorarium and are invited to a release party in Button Poetry’s hometown of Minneapolis.
    More questions? View the Chapbook contest FAQ.