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Fall Lines accepts submissions of previously unpublished poetry, essays, short fiction, and flash fiction from January 1 through March 1, 2014.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

I have been thinking about how my submission process has changed over the years for both online and print journals. I used to use the Poet’s Market book and Poets & Writers print magazine to determine where to send work, but there are online, searchable listings that have become central to my strategy. Following is a list of online and offline resources I use and some ideas for where to submit.

  1. I’m a huge fan of cross-referencing. One of my favorite features of is the “people who bought this book also bought these books.” Duotrope provides this same cross-referencing for poetry and other genres. The searchable site is a catalog of literary journals providing submission statistics (acceptance rates, average response times) and a link to each journal’s website. The statistics section will also provide information such as writers who have submitted to Paris Review have also submitted to XYZ, ABC Journals, and people who have had work accepted by Paris Review have also had work accepted by XYZ, ABC Journals. Upcoming anthology themes are announced on the site, and new journals are marked as *fledgling.* A weekly email will update you about new markets and journals open to submissions. The site allows you to track your submissions. The cost is $5 per month, with the option of a one-month free trial. After the free trial, I decided that the information was worth the fee.
  2. Poets and Writers magazine has both print and online classifieds for anthologies, chapbooks, poems, and books. The magazine requires a subscription, but at least a percentage of the classified information is available online to anyone. Writer’s Chronicle would fall in this category as well.
  3. Twitter. Social media can be a good source of real-time information. Follow literary journals you are interested in on Twitter, and Twitter will send emails daily that will alert you to other similar journals you can choose to follow. (It’s that cross-referencing again.) Editors of journals may announce calls for submissions and new projects on Twitter.
  4. is an extensive site that does not charge a fee. It lists calls for writing, art, and photography by literary journals, publishers, and conferences. The listings will cover poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and cross-genre. There are plenty of additions daily. Some of the listings are so detailed they can serve as writing prompts/exercises. The site also has information on creative writing programs, blogs by writers, and more.
  5. Facebook. Follow your favorite journals for deadlines and contest announcements. I have found that former professors or writing friends will announce new journals they have discovered or founded, poems published, or featured articles. Overall, Facebook provides a good way to find out what is going on with specific journals. Similar to Twitter.
  6. Word-of-mouth. This is hard to categorize other than to say that I’ve had good success at workshops or conferences just hearing where other poets are publishing and having good experiences. At just about any workshop you can ask the participants or the instructor if they can suggest journals that will be a good fit for your work.
  7. Institutions or workshops sometimes sponsor their own literary journals. For example, if you have ever attended classes through the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, you can submit work to 24PearlStreet, their new online journal. Local and state poetry societies often have a yearly anthology of members’ work.
  8. Subscribe to and read literary journals, anthologies, and blogs.
  9. Attend open mics and give readings, and occasionally editors will introduce themselves to you and suggest that you submit to their journals. Readings are a good chance to network with others and to hear about local projects through word-of-mouth.
  10. Find authors you like and research where they published their poems (if they write similarly).
  11. Attend local book festivals and the national AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) Conference. Publishers will have tables with sample books and journals, and flyers about upcoming contests or submission periods.
  12. Safe harbors. This is what I would describe as finding an editor who likes your writing style and publishes your work consistently. I’ve been lucky to find a few of these. The reality, however, is that literary journals are in a state of flux. They change editors and editorial staff, or they decide to cease publication or to change focus, so the safe harbor concept has to be frequently revisited.

I will update these ideas as I have more experience with the sites. This should give you plenty of starting points for your research!