“How does one learn to write a poem…one doesn’t. One lives awhile, practices one’s craft, waits for some convergence of subject, self and talent.”

—Stephen Dunn


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To submit to the TAMSEN, please see our guidelines. We accept submissions on a rolling basis: Send us 3-5 poems. Generally, we respond within 14 days.

To submit to the TAMSEN Biopoetic Series, featuring critical analysis and biographical discussion, email us directly at


To submit to the annual TAMSEN Award, submit 4-6 poems. Winning submission will receive $500 and a featured section on the TAMSEN website which will include a video/podcast reading of the work. Fee is $10. Submission period ends 3.1.2017. Final Judge: Jeff Thomson poet bio


TAMSEN will annually select one poem in translation for the The Nazim Hikmet Award. The 2017 submissions will be screened by a TAMSEN committee. The 2017 Final Judge will Dr. Robert Sobak, PhD. Submission period opens 2.1.2017. 

The award will include a cash prize of $500, a printing of 50 copies in a broadside format to be arranged with the translator, and a featured section in the Translations section of the TAMSEN website.

We are primarily looking for non-Romance language submissions ranging from 4-6 poems (not to exceed 12 pages)  translated from their original language into English. [TAMSEN will not review French, Spanish, Italian, German or Portuguese, unless that poet is not generally familiar to English speaking readers.]

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