Poetry Random Ramblings

Poetry Submissions

I’ve hardly submitted anything anywhere this year. Work pressures, lack of belief in my own writing, time spent on other activities. The usual excuses.

But as I start to write again, I am starting to look out for new opportunities to submit poems. I follow a good few magazines on Twitter, so am watching out for magazine open submission windows. There are also a few listing sites I use.

But it can be a bit time consuming. Particularly when it comes to submitting somewhere new.

You can’t simply send off poems . Well you can, but your chances of success are limited. You need to read a couple of copies of their magazine to get a real understanding of what works, what tends to get accepted. And then there are the submission guidelines.

Most of them are pretty self-explanatory – but from my time editing magazines, it’s amazing, (or perhaps it isn’t), how many poets don’t bother reading these. You spend all those hours writing a poem and then blow the chance of getting it accepted by ignoring the guidelines.

Each to the own I guess.

And then there’s the whole issue of multiple submissions – a hot topic in the poetry world. But I’ll save that for another time…I’ve got a deadline to meet!

Anyway, here’s one of the links that I use for finding submission opportunities. Hope it’s of use.


If you’re a poet who submits their work, how do you find new places to send your poetry to?

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