Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry

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Dear poet,

The Presence staff has finally completed our selection process for the second annual issue, which will appear in April 2018. This fall, we had 300+ poets submit, many of whom sent the maximum of 5 poems. This figure represents an increase of 100 poets since the reading period for the inaugural issue.

To add to the difficulty of the process, many, many poets sent very strong work. We enjoyed reading numerous poems, for which we simply do not have space.

At this time, however, we must inform you that your work has not been selected for publication in Presence 2018.

Our next submission period will open on August 1, 2018 and run through October 1, 2018. We certainly encourage you to submit for the third issue, Presence 2019.

Just prior to submitting, please check our website,, for any updates to the submission guidelines.

We are extremely grateful to you for your support!