Most issues are themed, so check here for present and future themes.

Theme for December 2014 issue:
“The Muse and the Music”

What do we want? Poems with music or about music. Poems about muses – either classical or personal. Poems where the poet muses on some subject that’s important or tender or or challenging or magical or even political. Spillway is always about discovering the best poetry we can for any issue. We will try to do this once again. Are there unusual ways interpret this theme? We think there are. Surprise yourself and us.

To submit:
Submissions for this issue are open in March and April only.

Please send your work to:

In the subject line, list your last name, your first name, and whether the submission is poetry or an interview, a review, or an article.

In the body of the email, please provide a short cover letter including your contact information and a brief bio. Your submission should be in a single document. Don’t send separate emails for each poem. Please only make one submission per reading period.

Attach 3-5 poems as a SINGLE DOCUMENT in Word or Adobe pdf format (.doc or .pdf). Title the attachment with YOUR LAST NAME FIRST.

Submissions are online only.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

Spillway acquires only the first serial publication rights of accepted work.

Copyright is asserted on behalf of the author; all reprint rights revert to the author upon publication, but we ask that you mention Spillway as first publication appearance.

To submit interviews, articles, and reviews:
send work to:
Lynne Thompson, Essay & Book Review Editor:

Looking ahead, the theme for June 2015:
“Ordinary Epiphanies.” Submit in February & March 2015 only.

Editor: Susan Terris
Publisher: Mifanwy Kaiser

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