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Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry

Literary Magazine





a venue for publication of poetry written by authors whose work is informed by the Catholic faith.

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  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    by Dec/Jan*
    Editor reported data
  • Acceptance rate:



  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

    From the editors

    Pushcart Prize

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee


Max pieces: 5

Submission fee: $

Submit up to 5 poems, each of which should be no more than 2 typed pages in length. We welcome poems from an ecumenical or interfaith perspective. We do not publish devotional/inspirational verse.


Submission fee: $

No specific limitations


Max words: 750

Max words: 1000

Submission fee: $

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How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    COVER LETTER: should include a short biography, approximately 50-75 words in length and a brief explanation about why Presence is an appropriate venue for your work. YOUR BIOGRAPHY: should list at least your most recent book titles, some titles of journals containing individual poems, any key awards or honors received. Other information individualizing the poet is also encouraged, such as occupation, geographical location, interests. Poets may also wish to explain briefly how their poems are informed by Catholicism, either in their inception or content or otherwise, but this request is optional and at the discretion of the poem's author. The poems themselves should stand alone without the need of gloss. However, we also recognize the value of such autobiographical information for many readers. We print short biographies of contributing poets in an appendix in each issue.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    YOUR POEM PAGES: should include all the poems to be submitted. Be sure that your name and e-mail address appear at the top of EVERY page in your file. Please submit poems in a standard 11-point font, such as Times New Roman, taking care that spacing is preserved and that you are sending your latest revised version of your poem(s). Please start each poem on a new page of the Word file.

  • Author's rights

    We ask for first serial rights and anthology rights (for any future anthology of poems from a series of publication years of the journal). We may request, at the author’s discretion, the right to publish accepted poems electronically on our Web site and/or post them on our social media accounts. All other rights revert to the author upon publication, with the expectation that Presence will be credited when poems are republished. Acknowledgments should cite in the following manner: "Poem or prose title" was originally published in Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry 2017 [i.e. the appropriate year].

  • Additional info

    Presence nominates for the annual Pushcart Prize.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

132 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

128 days

Fastest response time

204 days

Slowest response time

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    Editor Mary Ann Buddenberg Miller avatar

    Mary Ann Buddenberg Miller