Zero Readers


Zero Readers is a process-oriented literary journal; this means we handle submissions & publishing differently than your average journal. We’re particularly interested in providing poets with feedback and opportunities for revision. Most lit journals’ processes come down to primarily yes/no decisions, with relatively few requests for revisions, personal responses, et cetera. Zero Readers will endeavor to provide detailed, personal feedback to writing we feel drawn to & to subsequently request revisions, as well as to publish those revisions with great frequency. We believe ZR can be a positive & helpful force for writers’ development, above/beyond simply being a repository for poetry, or just another name in writers’ bios.

Online submissions open for brief windows when we feel like it, announced in both in this space & via twitter @ZeroReadersMag.

Submissions CLOSEd ’til 2022

Submission guidelines

Send us:

  • Up to 2 preferably unpublished poems in one .docx or .rtf file—please, no .pdfs.
  • If your work is a reprint, please let us know where it was first published so we can appropriately credit/link.
  • Simultaneous subs are okay, assuming you let us know if your poems were accepted elsewhere.
  • Racism/sexism/ageism/ableism/other nasty isms discouraged.
  • A short bio (100-ish words) that DOES NOT focus on previous publications.
  • Please wait one year between submissions—we keep a really low cap on subs so we can write quality feedback. We’d like to share that love with as many people as possible. Multiple & repeat submissions within a 1-year span will not receive responses.
  • Email submissions accepted at during announced windows.

Stuff we’re supposed to tell you:

– Sorry, we can’t pay at this time.
– Zero Readers retains first-time digital & print rights for your published work. All other rights revert to the author. If there’s a conflict with printing your work in our omnibus print version, please do alert us.
– If a piece that originally appeared here is reprinted elsewhere, it’d be really cool if you credited us.