Best New Poets

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


Best New Poets is an annual anthology of fifty poems from emerging writers. The anthology began in 2005 and the book is currently distributed nationally as a University of Virginia Press title and produced in cooperation with Meridian, a semiannual literary magazine from the University of Virginia.

The anthology takes submissions from three sources:

  • nominations from literary magazines in the United States and Canada,
  • nominations from graduate-level writing programs in the United States and Canada, and
  • entries from an annual open competition.

All entries go into a single blind pool where readers rank the submissions. A finalist pool of 150 to 300 poems then goes to a guest editor for review, and that guest editor selects the final fifty poems for the book.



Best New Poets