Figure 1 is a digital poetry journal founded in 2017. We’re committed to writing that reconfigures how we see the world. We aim to publish new and underrepresented voices that push against any slack thinking in the current literary scene.

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Send us poems, send us sharp-edged word-objects you can’t quite call poems.

We do not accept previously published material, including works that have already appeared online. We do, however, accept simultaneous submissions, as long as you notify us if you work gets accepted elsewhere. Contributors retain all rights but are asked to acknowledge Figure 1 as first publisher if poems appear in books or anthologies.




Wendy Chen is the author of Unearthings (Tavern Books), editor of Figure 1, associate editor-in-chief of Tupelo Quarterly, and poetry editor of Denver Quarterly. Her work has appeared in CrazyhorseRattleA Public Space, and elsewhere. Chen is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Most Promising Young Poet Prize, and fellowships from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. She earned her MFA in poetry from Syracuse University and is currently pursuing a PhD in English at the University of Denver. Her debut novel, Their Divine Fires, is forthcoming from Algonquin winter 2024.


Anna Mebel is the author of the chapbook Eradicate Sex Chemicals! (dancing girl press). Her writing has appeared in PinwheelJukedPotluck MagazineSAND Journal, and elsewhere. She has an MFA from Syracuse University, and lives in Portland, OR.

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