Poetry Submissions-Part 2: Where (Markets)

Bird (robin) hidden in the branches

Poetry Submissions Part 2 helps to answer the question of where, what market, to submit your poetry/prose/essay/story/chapbook/art work.  With so many journals, magazines and anthologies, the market that is the perfect place for your particular work seems to hide like a bird in the branches. There are some resources that can save you a lot of time  in your search for markets. A good printed resource is the Writer’s Market—a huge annual book that gives thousands of current listings for magazines, journals, book publishers and agents.  You may choose to make a regular submission or to enter a contest.  Most journals do not require a fee for regular submissions, although a few newer ones may ask for a reading fee. Most contests require a fee; this helps the nonprofit publications stay in business. They usually will give you a free subscription to their journal, however, or a copy of the winning chapbook in exchange for the entry fee. Be wary of scams, however—stay away from contests that have many winners and require you to buy a copy of the book. I personally do not submit to anthologies or print journals that don’t pay with at least one copy, but I have submitted to a few online journals for no pay. This is a good way to get your name and poetry “out there.”  The choice is yours.

Here is a site that ranks publications in terms of how tough to get into (1-9), press run, number of submissions received, number published, honors received and who they publish. The numbers are quite depressing! I’m not sure when this site was last updated. Also check out John Fox’s ranking site.

My favorite online market listing is Duotrope’s Digest at http://duotrope.com/.  There is a small fee, but it is a GREAT site. They have a very handy deadline list; there are so many markets available that it is hard to decide which ones to choose.  The deadline listing can help you choose and force you to get it in on time.  You can also choose your appropriate market in fiction or poetry by using  their search engine. Select your choice of pay scale, themes, genre, print or electronic journals, simultaneous submissions allowed or not, and if they take electronic or postal submissions for your search. You can also sign up to have them keep track of your submissions. You can report whether your submission was accepted or rejected, how long it took them to acknowledge your submission and how long it took to get an acceptance or rejection. This helps keep the stats current and more reliable. There are lists for the top 25 “Slothful, Swift, Challenging, [and] Approachable” markets in terms of those stats. Remember, though, their stats are based only on those of the writers who report; many people do not take the time.

Another good site is the call for submissions at New Pages http://www.newpages.com/literary/submissions.htm and their contest listing by month http://www.newpages.com/literary/contests.htm

Poets & Writers also have some very useful tools for writers–lists of literary magazines, grants and awards,  a deadline calendar and more. http://www.pw.org/toolsforwriters

For journals/magazines that have appeared in the yearly Best American Poetry book, see http://www.everywritersresource.com/bestamericanpoetry.html

http://litlist.net/

For Christian markets you can buy the Christian Market Writers Guide http://www.stuartmarket.com/BookPublishers.html There are some free listings on the site, also and on the one below.

http://www.inscribe.org/07-Links-contestsbyGenre.htm

Sci-fi, fantasy, speculative:

http://www.sfpoetry.com/links.html

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