Now that National Poetry Month has concluded, and I know many of you attempted and/or finished a 30/30 poetry project, now it’s time to submit! Here are some quirky, open form type lit mags to get you started!
Most editors are happy to answer questions regarding submissions. If a lit mag seems like a good fit for your work and it happens to be a collaboration, found poem, or other more nontraditional form, contact them via email or on other social media to ask if they are open to such forms. If you receive a response and can share it with me here, I’ll note it for others in the future.
Most of the 16 listings below have accepted found work or other unusual formats of poetry and/or claim that they will. They are listed alphabetically; some are currently accepting submissions, some are temporarily closed. I’ve also included a link to their Duotrope page, which will allow you to track deadlines if you currently subscribe to Duotrope.
Submissions: Currently open until May 15, 2015
Notes: Per the current editor, they are also open to found poetry, erasures, etc.
“We are especially interested in collaborations between two or more writers, or between writers and visual artists. We accept submissions from writers working in English, or translating into English, from anywhere in the world.”
“If your poetry is rough-cut diamonds, slightly off-kilter; if your fiction will make us feel more human and less alone; if you enjoy exploration of new forms at the edges of the literary universe; if you can bring us elegant translations of literature from far corners of the globe; if your nonfiction is wild and honest; if your visual art is raw and earnest…show us. We want to see it.”
Submissions: Will be open to submissions from Sunday, February 1, 2015 through Tuesday, June 30, 2015.
“The Found Poetry Review is a biannual print journal celebrating the poetry in the existing and the everyday. We publish found poetry, centos, erasure poems and other forms that incorporate elements of existing texts. Give us your poems made up of lines from newspaper articles, instruction booklets, dictionaries, toothpaste boxes, biographies, Craigslist posts, speeches, other poems and any other text-based source. Only found poems will be considered for publication; original poems, regardless of quality, will not be accepted.”
Submissions: Next reading period Fall 2015
“Futurepoem books is a New York City-based publishing collaborative dedicated to presenting innovative works of contemporary poetry and prose by both emerging and important underrepresented writers.”
Submissions: Currently open for submissions until June 30
“At Ghost Proposal, we want you to send us your broken packages, your word memories like bathing suits that don’t fit; show us your love handles! We are a journal that seeks to represent a wide range of brain activity and circuitry in poetry, creative nonfiction, and multimedia, so be your own boundary, then cross it.”
Submissions: Next reading period open September 1, 2015
“We welcome submissions in all genres of creative writing, generously defined. We do not publish book reviews as such, although we will consider review-like essays that transcend the specific objects of consideration.”
Submissions: Currently open for submissions until August 15, 2015
“Our mission at Jab is, simply, to publish the best poetry being written today. We don’t subscribe to any poetic “movements”, or “schools”. All we want is poetry that jabs. We want pathos. We want anti-ethos, anti-logos. If it sings, we’ll listen. We want you to punch us in the face as hard as you can. We want you to singe our hair and pull our teeth. We want punk. We want movement, dirt, skin, and cigarette burns.”
Submissions: Next reading period is September 1, 2015 – April 1, 2016.
“From the first issue onward, jubilat has aimed to publish not only the best in contemporary American poetry, but to place it alongside a varied selection of reprints, found pieces, lyric prose, art, and interviews with poets and other artists. Rather than section off these varieties of work, the magazine creates a dialogue that showcases the beauty and strangeness of the ordinary, and how experiments with language and image speak in a compelling way about who we are.”
Submissions: General submission reading period is open June 1 – 30, 2015
“Give us love poetry that mixes language cribbed from The Federalist Papers with language cribbed from WWII propaganda posters. We want medicine shows and riverboats, Doo-Wop and Duke Snider. We want aspects of Americana we may not have even heard of yet.”
Submissions: Always accepting submissions
“Poetry WTF?! is a website for poetry, but not your gran’s poetry. At Poetry WTF?! you will find serious literary remixes, surprising sculptural whiteouts …. and the occasional textual mess. It’s a brave new world.”
Submissions: Rolling submissions every month from the 15th until the end of the month
“The basic purpose of The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society is to publish works that are unlikely be published by more mainstream publications. The RP&D Society strives to give representation to new ideas and thoughts, to challenge the reader and to question commonly accepted opinions, values, etiquette and ideas. Within our pages, you may find: works that tackle hot-button issues, works presented in a style that is out of the ordinary, works that present the reader with a question or debate, and works that break mainstream rules within their genre.”
Submissions: Will be open to submissions from Thursday, October 1, 2015 through Tuesday, December 1, 2015.
“We welcome the bizarre, in fact, we encourage it. Send us you lists; resumes; transcribed conversations. The surest path to acceptance is the element of surprise.”
Submissions: Search for their themed submissions listed separately on Duotrope.
Note: They have accepted found poetry and reprints of my work in the past and are great to work with.
Submissions: Appears to accept work year-round
“Send up to five unpublished poems of face-melting material. Avoid any peppy and rhyming works. We want new, innovative works by fresh voices. Please avoid submitting what we consider “journal entries,” meaning: rants about feelings and how unfair the world is. Poetry Editor Scott Siders wants poems that are “as short and sweet as possible. Be original. Experiment. Take risks.”
Submissions: Poetry only, always open.
Notes: I know this editor and he is open to discussion or questions. He has published my found poems and I think he would be open to collaborative work. I do think he would like to see more than one poem, so that he could build a page based on it. Feel free to email him and let him know what you have and see if he has suggestions or interest.
“Send poems that speak honestly and clearly, that are understandable, that are unusual, that have the essential mystery of good poetry, that have personality and meaning.”
Submissions: Currently closed for submissions. Will reopen 2015!
“Our anthology publishes twice a year. We harbor the mad ones. People who are dedicated to their work to the point that they become misunderstood, or seen as a hot mess of crazy. Our anthology does not seek to break boundaries, we want to break boundaries and go farther. We want the shameless—the deep dark, cigarettes and dirty words combo. Although there is not a set theme of what we’re looking for, we often look at slice of life works.”
Submissions: Women writers only, always open.
“we seek writing that is innovative”