Poetry has decided to come out of hibernation over the past five-ish years. And many books of poetry have been published by authors, like r.h. Sin, Rupi Kaur, and Nikita Gill, among others.
With the rise of the poet scene predominately taking place on Instagram, it’s no wonder why more attention is being placed on this form of imagination. Poetry, especially if it’s part of a collection, can follow narrative structures commonly found in fiction. They also share themes, symbols, imagery, characters, and settings.
I am not by any means a poet, but I do know that I have a few poets following this blog, and I wanted to a) tell you that I see you and do check out your poems, and b) provide you with some publishing opportunities as well.
This post is all for you poets out there looking to get published.
Where to Submit
For those of you who know you’ve got something great to share with the world, here are some publishers looking for poetry. Some of these publishers are also looking for fiction and nonfiction too. Most of them pay you and don’t charge a reading fee.
Check out the listings below for more details:
- Bennington Review. This literary magazine aims to carve out a “distinctive space for innovative, intelligent, and moving fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, film writing, and cross-genre work.” They are particularly taken with writing that is simultaneously graceful and reckless. You can send in three to five poems, and the pay is $20 per poem. The deadline is May 8, 2020. You can get all of the details here.
- Wend Poetry. This is a poetry and visual arts magazine. Their guidelines say, “Themed and unthemed content is accepted. We have no specific aesthetic but welcome the adventurous and new.” You can send in up to five poems. Get the details here.
- Atlanta Review. This magazine publishes “all kinds of great poetry. We read and admire lyric, narrative, experimental, form, free verse, prose poems, and any other kind of poetry.” You can send in up to five poems. The deadline for submissions via the online system is June 1, 2020, and these are charged. Mailed submissions, which can be sent at any time, are free. All of the details can be found here. They also run the Dan Veach Prize for Younger Poets for college-age students. There is no entry fee, and you have until June 1, 2020, to submit. They’ll pay $100.
- The Fiddlehead. This Canadian magazine is open to writing and translations into English from all over the world and in a variety of styles, experimental genres. They publish poetry (send up to six poems), short fiction, and creative nonfiction. The deadline of April 30, 2020, is for publish-ready submissions only. Mailed submissions are accepted all year round. The pay is C$60 per page. Check out the details here.
- Harbor Review: Portraiture. This is a magazine of poetry (send up to 3 poems) and visual art. They are accepting work for their summer issue, and the theme is ‘Portraiture.’ They are also open for reviews of poetry chapbooks, full-length books of poetry, poetry and art hybrid books, and art books. You can send in up to three poems by April 30, 2020, then you’re good to go. Find out what their guidelines say here.
- Cricket Media: New themes. They have announced several unique themes for their children’s literary magazines: Beep-Beep, Vroom-Vroom! and Breezy Summer (for BabyBug); Making Make Believe and My Family (for LadyBug); Wordplay and Get a Move On! (for Spider), Best Friends Forever? and Tales of the Sea (for Cricket). Non-themed submissions are open too. Apart from poetry, they publish fiction, nonfiction, crafts, recipes, and puzzles. Length guidelines vary for each magazine, and the deadline for most themes is mid-June; for the Sea theme, it is mid-July. Pay is $3 per line of poetry, and they pay a minimum of $25. Get all of the deadline and submission information here.
- Feminist Studies. This journal publishes creative writing, including poetry and short fiction in all forms, apart from papers, research and criticism, art and visual culture features, review essays, and other types of writing. Their guidelines say, “We are interested in work that addresses questions of interest to the Feminist Studies audience, particularly work that pushes past the boundaries of what has been done before. We look for creative work that is intellectually challenging and aesthetically adventurous, that is in complicated dialogue with feminist ideas and concepts, and that shifts our readers into new perspectives on women/gender.” All of the details can be found here.
- The Massachusetts Review. They publish poetry, fiction, essays, hybrid submissions, and translations. Translations are accepted year-round, and there is no fee for mailed submissions. The deadline to submit is April 30, 2020, and they pay $100. You can send them up to six poems. Get the full details here.
- Fly on the Wall Press: Food. This UK-based press and magazine’s tagline is ‘A publisher with a conscience.’ They are accepting poetry (up to three poems), flash fiction, short stories, book reviews, and artwork about food. They pay royalties and expect you to submit your food-themed poems by June 1, 2020. Find out more about the guidelines here.
- The Bare Life Review: The Climate Issue. The magazine publishes work by immigrant and refugee authors – from foreign-born authors living in the US, and writers living abroad who currently hold refugee and/or asylum-seeker status. For the next issue only, they have amended the eligibility rules to include non-immigrant writers who have experienced displacement as a result of climate disaster as they are now reading work on the climate theme. They accept poetry (you can send in three to five poems), fiction, and nonfiction – the work may, but need not, deal explicitly with issues of immigration, exile, or refuge. They welcome translations. American-born translators may submit work by eligible writers, but in such cases, payment must be issued to the author. Pay is $300 for poems, and the deadline is June 1, 2020, for the print issue. All of the details can be found here.
- Doubleback Review. They publish pieces of any genre that were published by a journal that subsequently became defunct. They only publish previously-published work from journals that no longer exist. They accept submissions on a rolling basis, and you can send in up to five poems. They are associated with Sundress Publications, which publishes ‘The Best of the Net Anthology.’ Get the details here.
- The Copperfield Review. This is a historical fiction and poetry magazine. They accept submissions of history-based poetry (you can send one poem). They also publish short stories, nonfiction, reviews, and interviews. Pay is $15 for poetry. All of the details are here.
- Modern Haiku. Please send five to 15 haiku/senryu and/or up-to three haibun per submission, and see guidelines for details of verse forms they do, and do not, accept. Most essays, book reviews, haiga, and cover artwork are specifically commissioned by the editors, so please query before submitting them. They pay $5 per printed page or part thereof for essays and longer reviews and $10 for each haiga. They read year-round. The submission guidelines and rules are here.
- Boulevard. While they frequently publish writers with previous credits, they are very interested in less experienced or unpublished writers with exceptional promise. However, they do not accept light verse. You can send in up to five poems, and there is no fee for mailed submissions. The deadline is May 1, 2020, and they pay $25 to $250 for poetry. Here are the details.
- Memoir Mixtape: Vol. 12 – Just My Imagination. They accept poetry (one poem), creative nonfiction, and for this issue, they’re also open to fiction submissions. Their guidelines say, “Music will still be a driving force behind the stories and poems we ultimately select for Vol.12, but other than that, the rules are pretty lax. We’re happy to read flash, poems, and longer short stories, but our standard guidelines still apply (3,500 words maximum).” Also, pieces must be inspired by existing and published songs rather than fictional songs and musicians. They are accepting work on this theme until April 30, 2020. Get the details here.
- We The Women: Wake and Rebirth. This is a call from a performing arts collective for women’s voices – the call is for female-identifying artists and writers. They are commissioning a series of multimedia responses inspired by We The Women’s Wake and Rebirth concepts, which focus on the cycle of loss and the re-emergence of life. They will accept poetry, personal essays, writing, sketch, song, or movement, which the writers can perform themselves if they like. The Wake eulogizes anything that has been left behind or lost, while Rebirth focuses on what we are gaining or growing from. The pay is $150, and the deadline is April 17, 2020. Details here (Instagram page; includes call), here (call guidelines shared on Twitter), and here (journal contacts page).
- Songs of Eretz Poetry Review: Love. They publish themed poetry (submit up to three poems) and visual art (all art must contain a seagull). Poetry can be of any length and genre congruent with their themes. For this issue, they will donate what they usually pay contributors to a charity to help feed the hungry during the COVID-19 outbreak. The deadline for their love-themed issue is May 1, 2020. The full details can be found here.
- blood orange. This is an online project, and they publish poetry, asemic writing, and concrete/visual poetry. The only formatting requirement is that your piece should be able to fit on a tarot card — “that said, if you are passionate about a longer poem and think it would be a good fit, we can sometimes make adjustments or arrangements for that, too. We love submissions in languages other than English, but as our editor only knows English and French, please include a translation of your piece if it is not in either of those languages.” They’re currently reviewing and accepting submissions for upright cards, and also welcome submissions of reversed cards. The pay is C$15 per tarot card. Get the details here.
- Kaleidoscope. They publish poetry (send up to five poems), short fiction, creative nonfiction, artwork, and articles and book reviews on disability. They want poems that have strong imagery and evocative language. They publish work from writers with and without disabilities as well as previously published work. Pay is $10 to $100. Check out their guidelines here.
- Fearsome Critters: The Quaranzine – Poetry in the Time of COVID-19. They want poems that directly deal with life under quarantine during the COVID-19 outbreak. Their guidelines say, “Submissions will be free for the first 250 submitters each month.” This call is open to everyone, and poets can send in up to three poems. The deadline is May 23, 2020. You can see all of the details here.
- Northern New England Review: Front/Lines – The Poetry of Nursing & Voices of Nurse-Poets. They want poetry from nurse-poets and caretakers and are also looking for poems about nursing. Their guidelines say, “Send us your poetic lines about caring, healing, suffering, the language of the body, time, nursing school, rituals, balms, and the danger and magic of touch. As a literary journal dedicated to the creative voices of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, we are eager to publish pertinent works by nurse-poets and writers from the region, but this call is open to everyone.” (They’re also reading work from New England poets for their 40th-anniversary issue, themed Almanac). Get the full details here.
- Eastern Iowa Review: Hope in Renewal. They are accepting essays, poetry (prose or standard, though they prefer prose poetry), or fiction up to 1,000 words (no line limit for poetry), and art on the theme, ‘Hope in Renewal.’ Send up to three in one genre with a maximum word count of 3,000 words. Their guidelines say, “Some tie-in to the theme, though the connection may be understated or oblique. We welcome many interpretations of “hope” and realize not everything hopeful will be bright and shiny. If you’re bringing us something darker, please make sure it ends with hope, with something that lifts our spirits.” Work must be smart, preferably lyrical, and geared towards a broad audience. There is one Editor’s Choice Award of $50, and the deadline is April 30, 2020. You can find the full details here.
- Bracken. This is a literary magazine born of the love of the woods and its shadows. They are reading fiction pitches and poetry for their next issue. Their guidelines say, “We consider any style of poetry, although we confess our bias toward the lyrical. We look for natural-world, and especially arboreal, elements in the poems we receive.” They are also reading work, including poetry, on an ongoing basis for Corona Hopelings, though they cannot pay for these. For regular submissions, send up to four poems. The pay is $15 per poem, and the deadline is April 19, 2020. Get the details here.
- LIVE. This is a take-home story paper distributed weekly in adult Sunday School classes. They publish poems, fiction, true stories, nonfiction, how-to articles, first-person anecdotes, and short humor. They pay $35 to $60 for poetry. The full guidelines can be found here – and don’t forget to scroll down.
- The Offing. This online magazine publishes creative writing in all genres and art in all media. They want pieces that “challenges, experiments, provokes – work that pushes literary and artistic forms and conventions.” They publish poetry (send up to five poems), fiction, Micro, translations, and several other columns. There’s no reading fee in 2020, and they pay contributors $25 to $100. You can get the details here.
Here are some forthcoming contests and awards open that is open to poets. Many have geographic restrictions. None charge an entry fee.
- Holland Park Press: Is Royalty Relevant? A Poetry Competition. This is an international poetry contest on the theme, ‘Is Royalty Relevant?’ Their guidelines say, “We invite you to write a poem about a member or members of royal families from countries around the world. You can write about any aspect of royalty: their role, actions, dress sense, sense of duty, scandals, economic relevance, artistic or sporting interests, their dogs and other pets, or even their handbag (what’s in it?).” Poems must not exceed 50 lines. Get the competition details here.
- Value: £200
Deadline: April 27, 2020
Open for: All poets
- Value: £200
- Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships. These fellowships are for young poets who are US residents or citizens. The application includes up to 10 pages of poetry. You can find the details here.
- Deadline: April 30, 2020
- Value: Fellowships of $25,800 each
- Open for: US poets between 21 to 31 years old.
The following contests are run by The Poetry Foundation, whose magazine, Poetry, pays well for poems and related writing:
- 2020 ALTA Travel Fellowship. Each year, four to six fellowships are awarded to emerging (unpublished or minimally published) translators to help them pay for hotel and travel expenses to the annual American Literary Translators Association conference. Among the fellowships is the Peter K. Jansen Memorial Travel Fellowship. This fellowship is awarded to an emerging translator of color or a translator working from an underrepresented Diaspora or stateless language. Also see their other awards for published works, some of which do not charge a submission fee. The details can be found here and here.
- Value: $1,000 each
Deadline: May 4, 2020 (extended)
Open for: Unspecified
- Value: $1,000 each
- James Laughlin Award. This is for a second full-length poetry manuscript by a US poet, contracted by a publisher. Manuscripts have to be 48 to 100 pages long. Translations and new editions of previously published books are not eligible. The details can be found here.
- Value: $5,000, residency
- Deadline: May 15, 2020
- Open for: US poets (see guidelines)
- Bacopa Literary Review Writing Contest. They have prizes in fiction, nonfiction, poetry (up to three poems), and humor. You can find the details here.
- Value: $300 first prize, $100 second prize in each
- Deadline: May 31, 2020
- Open for: All writers.
- Atlanta Review: Dan Veach Prize for Younger Poets. The Dan Veach Prize for Younger Poets solicits poems from college-age students, aged 18 to 23, on any subject or style. Poems with an international focus are especially welcomed, but all poems must be written in English. Students may submit up to two poems (40 lines or fewer for each poem). A letter of recommendation (up to 500 words) from a teacher or other person well-acquainted with the student’s writing must accompany the poem(s). The recommendation letter should affirm that these poems are the student’s original work. You can find all of the submission guidelines here.
- Value: $100
- Deadline: June 1, 2020
- Open for: College-age poets (18 to 23 years)
- The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture: Hiett Prize in the Humanities. This prize is aimed at identifying candidates in the early stages of their careers devoted to the humanities and whose work shows extraordinary promise to have a significant impact on contemporary culture. Applications include a Narrative Profile of Accomplishments and Published Work, and a plan for Future Scholarship and/or Project in the Humanities. Applicants must be active and continuing in their work. Age and length of experience are not necessarily limiting factors. Past winners have included writers of columns, nonfiction, poetry and memoir, and journalists. Get the details here.
- Value: $50,000
- Deadline: June 1, 2020 (extended)
- Open for: US citizens residing in the US.
- Words Without Borders Poems in Translation Contest. This is a poetry translation contest. It is open to contemporary international poetry translated from other languages into English. Apart from the cash prize, four winning translated poems will be co-published on Words Without Borders and in Poem-a-Day throughout September, which is National Translation Month. Get the full details here.
- Value: $150 each for winning poets and translators
- Deadline: June 1, 2020
- Open for: All poet-translators.
As always, I wish those of you who are applying, good luck!
That’s it for me, folks! I hope everyone is having a good week so far, all things considered!
Don’t forget to check in here tomorrow for our post about dystopian fiction.
Stay safe, my friends.
Until next time!