Publishing exclusively from the slush pile, Rattle aims to showcase excellent poets from all walks of life—including children—regardless of their résumé. Indeed, the accessible, highly readable quarterly, which appears in print, digital and audio formats, presents first-time published poets alongside Pulitzer prize winners and U.S. Poets Laureates.

Poetry Sought

Poetry that is "accessible, interesting, moving, and memorable...the kind of poem that rattles around inside you for years". Accepts free verse and traditional forms; translations welcome.

Quick Facts

  • Pays cash
  • Pays one copy
  • Pays with subscription
  • Simultaneous submissions OK

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More About Rattle

Pays $50 for First Serial Rights; all other rights revert to author upon publication. "We don’t ask for or publish the standard credit-listing bios; we don’t even read them. If we like your poem better than the Poet Laureate’s, we’ll publish yours. That’s what makes Rattle so readable." Circulation 5,400.

Established 1994.

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