Submissions are currently open.

Submission guidelines have been updated (8/30/23)

Black Coffee Review was created as a way to showcase poets who write about the rawness of life-- the dirt and grit of being human. We’re open to almost any style as long as it’s honest and has a kick. That said, please read a few poems to get a sense of the tone and subject matter we tend to prefer.

We publish a fall and spring issue.

Submit 3-5 poems (no more than 10 pages). Also include a brief third-person bio. with your submission.

Each poem should start on a new page.

We accept both unpublished and previously published work (we assume you hold the copyright).

We accept simultaneous submissions, but notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere and needs to be withdrawn.

NEW:  Submissions are read from April 1 - June 30 for the fall issue & September 1 - November 30 for the spring issue.

Submissions received outside of our reading periods will be deleted unread.

Please submit only once per reading period.

Expect to hear from us within 3 months. Feel free to query after 5 months.

Send submissions as a single .DOC or .DOCX attachment to David M. Taylor at

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