Rise Up Review is a landing site for the poetry of opposition. 

The poems on Rise Up are meant to be disseminated like little manifestos. In that regard, each poem is featured as a JPEG, which makes for easy sharing. William Carlos Williams says that "it is difficult to get the news from poems, yet men [and women] die miserably everyday for lack of what is found there." 

Poetry has the ability to address injustices and oppression in a manner that is both lyrical and intimate. The best such instances of this power avoid the didactic, because we learn about human evils and frailties, human love and strength, from the stories we tell. Poetry is a hammer is a flame is a rebel flag is an olive branch. We proffer it to you. 

You may submit up to three poems with the understanding that one will be selected. You should hear from us within ten days. Fees collected via the expedited option go directly to pay the expenses of the journal. Each month, if there is an overage, funds will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center

Consider that we're not looking for poems that are overly instructive. Moreover, poems that effectively bridge the divide between the lyrical and the narrative are preferable and most likely to be selected. We especially want poems that are accessible enough to be shared even by those who may not have known they needed poetry until they stumbled on your work. The poems we most gravitate towards are those that reveal what's personally at stake for the speaker of the poem. Diversity is very important to us as a means of bringing disparate experiences together under one roof with the belief that there are more things that unite us as humans than there are that seperate us. 

Furthermore, it's important that your poem fits on a single sheet of paper given the format of Rise Up.

Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but please let us know if a submission has been accepted elsewhere.

A note on re-prints: We will accept reprints of poems that have appeared in print journals only in order to give them a new life on the Internet. 

You may submit up to three poems with the understanding that one will be selected. 

Consider that we're not looking for poems that are overly instructive. Moreover, poems that effectively bridge the divide between the lyrical and the narrative are preferable and most likely to be selected. We especially want poems that are accessible enough to be shared even by those who may not have known they needed poetry until they stumbled on your work. The poems we most gravitate towards are those that reveal what's personally at stake for the speaker of the poem. Diversity is very important to us as a means of bringing disparate experiences together under one roof with the belief that there are more things that unite us as humans than there are that seperate us. 

Furthermore, it's important that your poem fits on a single sheet of paper given the format of Rise Up.

Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but please let us know if a submission has been accepted elsewhere.

A note on re-prints: We will accept reprints of poems that have appeared in print journals only in order to give them a new life on the Internet. 

We're always looking for images for our front cover or to feature in our "Found/Erased" section. 

You may submit a single essay with a 2000 word max. 

Beginning with the summer issue, out July 1st, we will be featuring personal essays about one's political life or political essays about one's personal life. We'll be looking, in particular, for essays that detail the ways that policy or the threat of policy affect an individual in our current climate. Diversity is very important to us as a means of bringing disparate experiences together under one roof with the belief that there are more things that unite us as humans than there are that seperate us.

Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but please let us know if your piece has been accepted elsewhere.

A note on re-prints: We will accept reprints of personal essays that have appeared only in print journals in order to give them a new life on the Internet. 

You may submit a single essay with a 2000 word max. Expedited essays will be responded to within 15 days. Fees collected via the expedited option go directly to pay the expenses of the journal. Each month, if there is an overage, funds will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center


Beginning with the summer issue, out July 1st, we will be featuring personal essays about one's political life or political essays about one's personal life. We'll be looking, in particular, for essays that detail the ways that policy or the threat of policy affect an individual in our current climate. Diversity is very important to us as a means of bringing disparate experiences together under one roof with the belief that there are more things that unite us as humans than there are that seperate us.

Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but please let us know if your piece has been accepted elsewhere.

A note on re-prints: We will accept reprints of personal essays that have appeared only in print journals in order to give them a new life on the Internet. 

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