Each January, I vow to read more, write more, write better, or at least submit what I have on hand. I’ve been trying to divide my time between submitting and writing with mixed results on the multitasking. Much of my submission research is summarized below. I’m back to using an Excel spreadsheet to track submissions because it gives me flexibility, and I keep forgetting to log in to duotrope.com’s tracking system to log responses.
Poem, Chapbook and Manuscript Contests
For individual poem, chapbook, and manuscript contests, I’ve been using this list from newpages.com, which organizes by monthly deadlines and has all three categories together in one place.
Tom Holmes, editor of Redactions, created a list of places to submit manuscripts here.
Poets & Writers (subscription but good free databases as well). Literary journals and magazines, writing contests, grants and awards listings.
I have always used the above three sources for lit journals, but I’m finding that it is easier to discover new lit journals through the newpages.com listings. Most of the new journals are online rather than print. The online journals do not have a higher acceptance rate, but they do have a faster response rate at times, and it is much easier to promote work published in an online journal through social media.
I am currently tracking eco journals, so here is a list of top ones thanks to Little Curlew Press.
- Hawk and Handsaw
Others journals for poems of place or the relationship of man and environment are: The Clearing, Fourth River, Clade Song
A new journal, Fall Lines (long, but info was forwarded by a friend and may not be easy to find online just yet):
Fall Lines – a literary convergence is a new literary journal based in Columbia, SC and presented by Jasper Magazine in partnership with Richland Library, the University of South Carolina Press, Muddy Ford Press, and One Columbia.
Fall Lines accepts submissions of previously unpublished poetry, essays, short fiction, and flash fiction from January 1 through March 1, 2014. While the editors of Fall Lines hope to attract the work of writers and poets from the Carolinas and the Southeastern US, acceptance of work is not dependent upon residence.
Please limit short fiction to 2000 words or less; flash fiction to 350 – 500 words; essays to 1200 words; and poetry to three pages (Times New Roman 12 pt.) Submit your work via email to Editor@JasperColumbia.com with the words “Fall Lines” in the subject heading along with the category (above) of the item being submitted. While you are invited to enter up to five items, each item should be sent individually as a single submission. Please include with each submission a cover sheet stating your name, age, email address, and USPO address. There is no fee to enter.
Publication in Fall Lines will be determined by a panel of judges and accepted authors will be notified in May 2014, with a publication date in June 2014. Accepted authors will receive two copies of the journal.
The Columbia Fall Line is a natural junction, along which the Congaree River falls and rapids form, running parallel to the east coast of the country between the resilient rocks of the Appalachians and the softer, more gentle coastal plain.
Expat or International Journals (from newpages.com)
The Pavilion – seeks poems by US expats
Apalachee Review – seeks poems with an international theme
Border Crossing – seeks poems from either US or Canadian poets
Where to Send Already Published Poems
A reader asked me recently where to send already published poems to extend readership. (Published usually means anywhere, whether it’s in print, online, or on a blog or poetry website.) I have a few suggestions:
Anthologies (look for themed anthology listings on newpages.com, duotrope.com, or Poets & Writers (pw.org). Anthologies will usually take unpublished poems as well.
Poetry Daily – previously published poems in books, chapbooks, or in a literary journal (must send the entire journal as a copy)
Versewrights – unpublished or previously published poems
Verse Daily – previously published in books, chapbooks, or in a literary journal (must send the journal copy)
Personal Blog – You can put your own previously published poems on your blog as long as you credit the original journal (and provide a link where appropriate).
Lit Journals (some will take previously published poems, but be careful to read guidelines.)