Submitting Is the Hardest Thing to Do. . .In Poetry!
Let’s face it, it is difficult to decide to submit your work, your poems, your babies out there to a careless, heartless, ruthless editor. And what is worse is that ugly NO that comes back more often than not.
Here’s the thing, if you don’t let your poems out there into the world, no one will know how great you are, except you, and maybe a few friends. To be honest, editors are not (normally) careless, heartless, or ruthless. Most editors are dying for really good work to hit their inbox, and you could be hiding that poem that will rock their world from them. I cannot begin to fathom how many magazines and journals are out there waiting for work. Duotrope (great tool, but does cost $50 a year-worth it if you are going to really use it) might be able to help you a bit, or Poets & Writers for that matter, but I can talk about a few places that I think would be kind to you as you start or continue your journey into the publication world.
Let me start with the guy that I hands down think is the nicest EVER, Russell Streur, and his journal The Camel Saloon. He has guidelines to follow as all of these will have, but he will also write you back quickly whether it is an acceptance or a rejection. He also, on rare occasion offers information on new journals. Big bonus he has a great list of other magazine to check out on the web.
Is your writing a bit dark, maybe twisted, or just simply strange. Carnival Literary Magazine wants YOU and your work. Currently the editors are Shannon and Jose Miguel. I find the work on these pages refreshing and risk taking. Nothing good happens without risk.
Next up Gutter Eloquence, founded and edited by Jack T. Marlowe. This is a quarterly magazine ran by a darn good poet. the work here is relevant, gritty, hard truths with powerful imagery, more often than not. Send him work (when not on hiatus) that knock the proverbial socks off.
We all write about heart ache and heart-break, and Napalm and Novocain wants to hear all about it, in fresh imagery and poems that knock the wind out of the reader. What is great about this press is Amy Huffman actually has several online magazines catering to different styles of poetry and flash fiction. Write Haikus? There’s a place for you. Write nature poems? She’s got that covered too, and so much more.
Eunoia Review has a dear place in my heart, because when Kevin says he wants to help the new writer find a place, he means it. This is the place that first accepted my work, over two years ago. And Kevin continues to give new writers a place to call home. Send to him, and he will respond with lightening speed. Always kind, even when it’s a no.
Nice intelligent people, that love poetry, are not as hard to find as you would imagine. Take for example Ariana Den Bleyker, who genuinely wants to bring new work to the public. She does so through her press, and this journal, Emerge Literary Journal. I should disclose that her New York Press, ELJ, is publishing my debut collection in October of this year. How much more must I say to prove how nice editors can be?
Before you go off and start sending your work out, still make sure you read the magazines, and their guidelines. The quickest way to be rejected is to ignore guidelines. Most (editors) won’t even read your work if you fail to follow those rules set by the magazines.
Happy Poeting Cats and Kittens.
All pictures from said magazine’s Websites