The Poets’ Touchstone Journal

Showcasing the creative excellence of our members

Submission Period

The Poets’ Touchstone is now accepting poetry for Volume 64 Number 1 (Spring/Summer 2022 issue)! Poems will be accepted through Submittable until March 31 (11:59 p.m. EDT), and art submissions will be accepted March 15-April 15. Note that submissions for this issue are open to PSNH members as well as non-members, but only current PSNH members are allowed to submit more than one poem.

Full submission guidelines are available on the PSNH Submittable page (poetrysocietyofnewhampshire.submittable.com) and the journal page of this website (psnh.org/journal). If you have additional questions, please contact us via email at tpt@psnh.org.

Poetry submissions for the spring/summer 2022 issue are NOW OPEN!

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General Guidelines

We aim to respond to all submissions in six weeks, but decisions may take longer. Entries that do not meet the guidelines will not be considered.

  • Please do not submit pieces that any editors may have previously seen in a private online group or given feedback on in a workshop or other situation
  • Please do not submit pieces that must be accepted as a set, as we cannot guarantee publication of all or any pieces
  • No simultaneous submissions or previously published work
  • Work will be considered for the current submission period only
  • PSNH membership must be current through the submission deadline for members-only calls
  •  Submission must include the writer’s biography (50-word limit, written in third person)
  • Uploads must not contain the poet’s name(s) or other identifying information
  • File names for uploads should include the title of the poem or piece of artwork, or a partial title, and nothing else
  • Submissions must be received by the deadline date to be considered

Poetry Guidelines

  • Up to 3 poems may be submitted per submission period unless otherwise noted
  • Length limited to 40 lines (does not include white spaces, and longer poems may be considered at Editor’s discretion)
  • Poems must be typed in Times New Roman or similar, 12 pt. font

Art Guidelines

  • Up to 2 images per submission period unless otherwise noted
  • Only original work is accepted
  • Images must be submitted at 300 DPI or higher (high resolution)
  • Submitted files should be between 1 and 20 MB in size
  • Images must fit or be able to be cropped to 5.5″x8.5″ for portrait orientation or 11″x8.5″ for landscape orientation

Need help using Submittable? Watch the video below, then check out their support pages for submitters here.

2022 Journal Staff

Caitlin M.S. Buxbaum

Caitlin M.S. Buxbaum

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

 Caitlin M.S. Buxbaum is a writer and teacher from Wasilla, Alaska. In addition to PSNH Publications Chair and Editor-in-Chief of The Poets’ Touchstone, she serves as President of Alaska Writers Guild and Owner of Red Sweater Press. Learn more at caitbuxbaum.com.

Amber Rose Crowtree

ASSOCIATE EDITOR

 Amber Rose Crowtree grew up in Downeast Maine and lives in rural New Hampshire. She is the author of two chapbooks from 2021: Harboring the Imperfect (Dancing Girl Press) and The Inviolable Hours (Finishing Line Press). She earned her MFA in Writing through Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is laborer of many trades and works for the National Park Service.

Brian Evans-Jones

ASSOCIATE EDITOR

 Brian Evans-Jones lives in Sharon, NH, where he enjoys hiking and teaching poetry. He was Poet Laureate of the original Hampshire, in England, before moving to the US in 2014. He publishes free resources on poetry and creativity at The Poetry Place

Anastasia Vassos

ASSOCIATE EDITOR

 Anastasia Vassos is the author of Nike Adjusting Her Sandal (Nixes Mate, 2021). Her chapbook The Lesser-Known Riddle of the Sphinx was a finalist in Two Sylvias Press 2021 Chapbook Contest. She is a reader for Lily Poetry Review, speaks three languages, and is a long-distance cyclist. She lives in Boston.

Hannah Rubin

Submissions Coordinator

Hannah Rubin is in eleventh grade at Phillips Exeter Academy. She loves writing personal essays and poetry. Outside of writing, Hannah enjoys playing piano, cooking, and listening to music.