Issues will be published on a monthly basis.

Words are strange. Send them to us. Direct language isn’t our cup of tea. We love phrases that have been hacked out of longer poems, big thoughts compressed into little spaces, strong images, language memories. If it’s speculative or strange or absurd, we’d like to see it. Poems should feel like a shock, or listening to Muzak, or an electric dream.

We strive to be a safe space. Make your words serve a purpose. Gratuitous abuse, vulgarity, and violence will not be accepted. Do not send us work that is misogynistic, racist, homophobic, transphobic, etc. Hate has no place here. Minority, marginalized, and neurodivergent voices are encouraged to submit.


Email up to 5 poems to Poems should be a maximum of 12 lines each, and in a TXT, RTF, ODT, DOC, or PDF file. The subject should include the words “SUBMISSION” and your name. Include a note about how you found us and a short author biography.

We aim to respond to all submissions within a month. If you don’t hear back from us in that timeframe, feel free to send us a query at the submission email. The subject should include the work “QUERY” and your name.


Upon acceptance of your work GLITCHWORDS claims non-exclusive rights for electronic publication, and digital archival rights to maintain the work on the website. Your work remains your own.

No previously published work will be accepted, that includes work previously posted to social media, blogs, etc.

Simultaneous submissions are fine, as long as you withdraw if your work is accepted elsewhere.

If you receive a rejection, you may submit again as soon as you wish.

If you receive an acceptance, please wait six months before submitting again.

We don’t charge reading fees and are a non-paying market. Your work will be promoted on social media and we hope to stay in touch after your work is published.

Report your submissions on Duotrope and The Submission Grinder