Impossible Archetype is an international online journal of LGBTQ+ poetry. We welcome work from LGBTQ+ poets of all genders.

We are working towards our first issue and we want you, and your poems!

What We’re Looking For:

Excellent poetry by LGBTQ+ folk. All styles and forms welcome, from page poetry, to experimental poetry, to slam poetry (although particular care here should be taken that it will work solely in a text format). We welcome submissions in English from all over the world.

Primarily, we’re looking for poetry that is striking, beautiful and musical. We are a journal that is not afraid of form – send us your villanelles, sonnets, and sestinas – neither are we afraid of unusual formatting or experimental work. We also like free verse. Basically we like all poetry BUT what is crucial to all submitted work is that it grabs us, that it has a depth of craft, musicality and passion. Send us impassioned pleas, captured moments, and distilled emotions.

All contributors must identify on the LGBT spectrum. Work submitted does not need to directly identify this (although it absolutely can!).


Submit 1 – 4 poems to [email protected] (there is no upper line length and we welcome longer work. Generally, a good rule of thumb is to keep the submission to under ten pages total).

Please format the subject line as follows:
Submission: x Poem/s by [INSERT NAME]

Submit as an attachment. Word files .doc or .docx only. No weird file types.
Please pay careful attention to the formatting of your poem, and use a standard font like Times New Roman. Work submitted will be considered the final draft.

Within the submission, please make sure to include
– your name (and, if different, your pen name)
– a biographical note (please keep this to 100 words or less).

We will respond to all submissions within two weeks of the submission window closing date (although work submitted earlier will most likely hear much, much quicker on a rolling basis). We are a journal that believes in responding as quickly as possible – we know whether we like work or not, and don’t intend to keep you hanging. Given this, please no simultaneous submissions.


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