Summer 2019

Submission Period: May 1 - June 15, 2019
Guest Editor: B.J. Best

Bramble is open to all poems & forms, however our Guest Editor offers the following entreaty:

Give us your odd, your strange, your weird, your uncanny, your unnerving, your curious, your peculiar. Give us your oddly shaped, oddly formed, oddly numbered, oddly lined, oddly rhymed. Give us your apocrypha, your opera, your anaphora.

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B.J. Best holds an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author of three books of poetry:  But Our Princess Is in Another Castle (Rose Metal Press, 2013), Birds of Wisconsin (New Rivers Press, 2010), and State Sonnets (sunnyoutside, 2009).  An additional full-length book is forthcoming: the novella-in-verse I got off the train at Ash Lake (sunnyoutside). Best has published four chapbooks: Yes (Parallel Press, 2014); Drag: Twenty Short Poems about Smoking (Centennial Press, 2011); Mead Lake, This (Centennial Press, 2007); and a long poem entitled Crap (Centennial Press, 2005). A fifth chapbook, Everything about Breathing, is forthcoming in 2019 from Bent Paddle Press. Best has also written many children’s nonfiction titles through Cavendish Square Publishing. He teaches at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and lives in the Wisconsin countryside with his wife, son, their three cats, and the occasional salamander in their basement.

Submission Guidelines

  • We welcome unsolicited submissions from Wisconsin poets* & WFOP members. Please send one submission of 1-3 poems (of any length and style) to Put your last name and "Bramble Submission" in the subject line. In the body of the email please include a cover letter with mailing address, poet pic, a 50 word bio, and your poems. Please do not submit poems as a separate attachment unless your poem requires special formatting (PDF preferred).

  • No previously published poems; no simultaneous submissions.

  • Please make only one submission to Bramble per issue.

  • If your work was accepted in the last issue of Bramble, we ask that you wait out a cycle before you submit again.

  • Contributing authors and artists will receive one contributor's copy of the print issue.

  • If you are interested in providing original artwork for the cover, please query at

  • Current quarterly issues include: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. In 2020, we will be changing to triannual issues. Winter/Spring, Summer and Fall.

Current Schedule

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Starting 2020

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*Bramble seeks to celebrate Wisconsin poets & poetry, as part of the mission of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. For our purposes, this includes poets who live & write (a substantial portion of the year) in Wisconsin, as well as students studying in Wisconsin. If we cannot determine from your bio or mailing address whether this is you – we won’t be able to consider your submission.

WFOP is an inclusive and accommodating group. Benefits of membership are listed here. If you have any questions or concerns about membership please contact our membership chair at Membership is calendar year based from January to December. Join here.

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Managing Editor: C Kubasta
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