A Tri-Quarterly of Poetry 22 Avon Road
Continuous since 1977 Kensington, CA 94707

    Ruth G. Iodice

    John Hart

    Fred Ostrander

Consulting Editors

    Darlene Mathis-Eddy

    X. J. Kennedy

    Joan LaBombard

    Daniel J. Langton

    James Schevill


Blue Unicorn is published in October, February and June. The magazine is 40 pages, narrow digest-sized, finely printed, saddle-stapled, with some art. Features 40-50 poems in each issue, all styles, with the focus on excellence and accessibility. Receives about 2000 submissions a year, publishes about 150. 

All correspondence, including subscriptions and submissions, should be sent to 22 Avon Road, Kensington, CA, 94707.



Annual subscription rate is $18.00, single copies $7.00. For subscriptions outside the USA please add $6.00 mailing costs, or $2.00 for single copies. Foreign subscribers are requested to make payment in US currency (money order or check payable in such currency). Sample copy, $7.00 with 6" x 8" SASE. Time between acceptance and publication may be up to twelve months.

We are grateful to the many subscribers who support the magazine by adding contributionstax deductible, of courseto the basic subscription price.



Blue Unicorn wants well-crafted poetry of all kinds, in form or free verse, as well as translations. We shun the trite or inane, the soft-centered, the contrived poem. Shorter poems have more chance with us because of limited space. Contributors include James Applewhite, Kim Cushman, Patrick Worth Gray, Joan LaBombard, James Schevill, and Gail White. 

Manuscripts and art submitted must be original and unpublished, and must be accompanied  by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Submit 3-5 typed poems on 8 1/2 x 11 or A4 paper. No simultaneous submissions, please. Cover letter okay, but will not affect our selection. Responds in 3 months (generally within 6 weeks), sometimes with personal comment. Pays 1 copy.

In November of each year, Blue Unicorn presents the Harold Witt Awards to the authors of the poems the editors and donor judge to be the best of the preceding three issues. All poems published are automatically considered. Harold Witt was one of the founding editors of the magazine.




I think Blue Unicorn prints as good poetry as any magazine in the States.

                        Karl Shapiro

I hope you carry on publishing what I consider one of the best damned literary journals in the nation.

                        Joseph Salemi, poet and translator, Pace University

 Blue Unicorn . . . includes some especially notable poems in traditional forms—unlike many of the splashier avant-garde mags.

                        Judson Jerome, contributing editor, Writers Digest

Blue Unicorn is a splendid magazine, beautiful in contents and format . . . One rarely comes across a magazine so fastidiously produced.

                        Charles Edward Eaton

Getting out the Unicorn is a wonderful commitment . . . It pushes back the encroachments of barbarismnever more evident than in our own years.

                        John Pairman Brown, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley

Published  by Blue Unicorn, Inc. Printed by West Coast Print Center. Indexed in the American Humanities Index by the Whitston Publishing Company, Inc., and in annual Index to Poetry in Periodicals, Roth Publishing Company.