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Fledgling Rag is a national poetry journal whose contributors have included state poets laureate from Maryland, Rhode Island, and South Carolina and poets who have won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, Pushcart Prize, and the Newbery Medal. We've also published poems by poets whose work has appeared in Poetry, Best New Poetsthe Best 100 African American Poems, and The Best American Poetry.


Our collective lives are consumed with reading and listening, listening and reading poetry. We attend dozens of poetry readings throughout the year and read thousands of poems in our mornings and our evenings.


There are so many marvelously talented and hard-working poets in nearly every corner of the world who write well-crafted, intelligent, and emotional poems. We feel blessed when our eyes linger inside those lines. We are deeply connected to the humility and fragility in most of us.


We solicit all poetry from the individual poets.

(Hover, then click on the drop-down box above to see details regarding individual issues.)


**All the proceeds from the sale of Fledgling Rag go directly to the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic. Issue 21 costs $15. Previous issues are $10. You can send your total payment directly the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic online at

or send a check to them at

Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic
223 N Lime Street
Lancaster, PA 17602

Please enter Fledgling Rag in the comment section online or on the memo line of your check.


Let us know when you’ve done this by contacting us at with you mailing address. We will send your copy/copies to you.


Thank you for supporting the poets, the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic, and Iris G. Press.



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