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Submission Ideas for 2014

January 5, 2014 — 1 Comment


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’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, which organizes by monthly deadlines and has all three categories together in one place.

A list of chapbook publishers here and here from earlier blog posts of mine, “Submission Season” and “Chapbook Publishing.”

Tom Holmes, editor of Redactions, created a list of places to submit manuscripts here.

Literary Journals (free) (subscription)

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 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.

  1. Ecotone
  2. Flyway
  3. Canary
  4. Hawk and Handsaw
  5. Flycatcher
  6. Newfound
  8. Orion

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Fall Lines accepts submissions of previously unpublished poetry, essays, short fiction, and flash fiction from January 1 through March 1, 2014.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 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

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,, or Poets & Writers ( 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.)

Submission Season

September 8, 2013 — 2 Comments

I have seen so many submission resources online in the last few weeks. August 1 and September 1 seem to be the start of the busiest time of year for book contests and open reading periods for journals. I want to connect all of the dots and list the resources in one place.

It all started with this tweet from Tom Holmes, editor of Redactions, and a poet with years of experience (author of six books, four Pushcart nominations, etc.).

Since I’m nowhere near 750 rejections, I’m wondering if I simply don’t submit enough. I’m not completely sold on the simultaneous submission process. It seems like the poems don’t get published any faster, but the rejections do come in droves.

I then found this resource on Diane Lockward’s blog about rules for submissions, particularly simultaneous submissions.

10 Rules for Submitting to Literary Magazines

Diane’s blog post on “10 Rules for Submitting to Literary Magazines” here explains that it is important to simultaneously submit to similar tiers of literary journals, or you run the risk of being accepted by a lower tier journal and then having to turn down a higher tier journal if the more competitive journal accepts your work a day later. The one item not mentioned in this article that I learned the hard way is to record the name of the editor of the journal or contest to which you are submitting. If you receive a positive, personalized rejection note, or if you are a finalist in a contest, you will want to know if that same editor is working on other projects that you can potentially submit to.

I also saw this article on What Editors Want; A Must-Read for Writers Submitting to Literary Magazines. It’s lengthy, but it does detail the difference in thinking between editors and writers.

If you are interested in strategies for simultaneous submissions, you might want to follow the project on Lightning Droplets blog, where the writer chose to submit to 30 literary journals in 30 days: Racking Up More Than Just Rejections. It sounds like the project had unexpected benefits, such as the discovery of new literary journals, and increasing the author’s desire to write even more.

So far my post has been about submitting individual poems. If you are looking for chapbook or manuscript submissions, this tweet from Kelly Davio may interest you.

Kelly’s blog post is titled On Survivorship Bias in the Writing World or: What Kind of Advice Have I Been Taking?

Kelly discusses how published writers giving advice tend to think that their path to success will be the path to success for others as well.

A few miscellaneous things:

An article on chapbooks from Susan Rich’s Blog The Beauty of the Chapbook: Alluring and Real

A list of chapbook publishers here and here from an earlier blog post of mine.

Tom Holmes created a list of places to submit manuscripts here.

Happy submitting!