Smartish Pace

the best poetry magazine in the world, objectively speaking - est. 1998

Smartish Pace

  the best poetry magazine in the world,
  objectively speaking - est. 1998

 

 

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So what is Smartish Pace?

Smartish Pace is an independent non-profit magazine in Baltimore that was founded by Editor Stephen Reichert in 1998. We've published over a dozen Pulitzer Prize winners and many poets for the first time. We've been the most fun at AWP for 20 years and hosted countless readings at over 50 venues and currently host a monthly reading series in Baltimore at Bird in Hand & The Ivy Bookshop. We also have a new baby website that is a bit of a mess but we're working on it and soon it will be as super as our old grown-up website so don't judge us too harshly right now. Just send us your poems.

Prizes

Erskine J. Poetry Prize (2022, published in 2023)

Deadline: January 1, 2023.

22nd annual prize.  We allow simultaneous submissions. All poems submitted for the prize will be considered for publication in Smartish Pace.

Beullah Rose Poetry Prize (2022 published in 2023)

Deadline: January 1, 2023. 

19th annual prize. We allow simultaneous submissions. Women only. All poems submitted for the prize will be considered for publication in Smartish Pace. 

We host the monthly reading series THE HOT L every 2nd Sunday (4 pm) at The Ivy Bookshop (5928 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21209). When it's not cold, events are outside on a covered patio. Click here for event page and our next reading. Click here to view our past readings. Readings feature 1 to 3 poets and include the best open mic in Baltimore. No really, this is a rare great open mic, trust us. We take a break, with no readings, in July and August. Come join us!