Submit Your Poems to Carcinogenic Poetry

Virgogray Press’ flagship poetry journal, the blog Carcinogenic Poetry, is currently open to submissions. After a brief hiatus, the poetry blog went back online in July of this year. Since releasing new and previously published works of poets of the literary underground, CP has shared works from writers such as: Caitlan Johnson, Peter Marra, Neil Ellman, Stefanie Bennett, P. W. Covington, and Marianne Szlyk. CP has also had the privilege of recently sharing the work of poets we’ve published poetry collections: David S. Pointer, A.J. Kaufmann, Subhankar Das, Donna J. Snyder, and Felino Soriano (among these David S. Pointer’s, Sinister Splashplay, and Subhankar Das’, By the Banks of the Ajoy, Jaideb Vanishes into the Blue, are still available for purchase).

Carcinogenic Poetry publishes on a rolling cycle, and may publish multiple times per week. If you are a poet looking for a venue to share your work, you are more than welcome to submit. Poetry is published on the net and annually anthologizes in print (we are currently working to release volumes 3 and 4). Contributors receive an electronic version of the anthology. We are unable to offer monetary compensation at this time, but can offer a wide audience that is returning to the journal in droves.

Here are the “rules of contribution” straight from the Carcinogenic Poetry website, or you can visit at, and get a taste of the type of verse we are publishing at this time


Carcinogenic Poetry Mission Statement

Carcinogenic Poetry accepts a variety of types and styles of poetry. CP endeavors to present as many voices from the literary independent and underground, both new and established. Carcinogenic Poetry is not a poetry blog about cancer, but rather takes the stance, ‘the truth is to lies like cancer;’ that is to say, poetry that rings with the truth of a poet sheds light on the darkness of the soul. Sometimes that truth is beautiful; sometimes that truth is bleak. The aim of Carcinogenic Poetry is to capture the full-range of tones by which these truths are delivered.

When Submitting to Carcinogenic Poetry

1) Writers may send 1-3 poems (max 70 lines).
2) No simultaneous submissions are accepted.
3) Previously published poems are accepted, but must be accompanied with acknowledgment of previous publication and cannot be previously published within a calendar year of submission to Carcinogenic Poetry.
4) A brief biography in the 3rd person should accompany submission (max 4 lines).
5) Carcinogenic Poetry only accepts electronic submissions. Please send to michael(.)aaron(.)casares (at) gmail (.)com.
6) Place this in your subject box: Carcinogenic Poetry / (Last Name).
7) Writers may submit work up to four times per year (once per quarter, or once every three months).

Failure to adhere to these guidelines may result in non-publication.
Writers will be notified of their submission status within 4-5 weeks.


By sending your writing/work/poetry to Carcinogenic Poetry you are giving CP, and its editor, the right to publish your work online and in a subsequent print anthology. Writers also give Carcinogenic Poetry the right to archive published writing/work/poetry indefinitely. Carcinogenic Poetry also reserves the right to use published work in subsequent advertising or marketing campaigns with the use of writing/work/poetry in portion or in full along with the name of the author of the work. Writers will always be acknowledged for their work. Carcinogenic Poetry reserves the right to refuse publication. Writers/poets maintain all rights to their work.

Carcinogenic Poetry, at this time, does not compensate poets/writers monetarily. Those whose work is submitted and published will receive an electronic copy of the anthology in which their writing/work/poetry appears.


If you are interested in picking up a copy of Carcinogenic Poetry Anthology 1 and 2, we have those available through our bookseller. Be sure to check it out by clicking on the images below. In the meantime, we look forward to reading from you. Thanks.

Carcinognic Poetry Anthology: 2009-10
Carcinogenic Poetry Anthology: 2009-10
Carcinogenic Poetry Anthology: 2011
Carcinogenic Poetry Anthology: 2011