This article of advice by Neile Graham includes a summary of the entire poetry submission process, from revision, to submitting, to waiting for responses. If you’ve been submitting for a while most of this advice will be familiar, but there are some great reminders in here and Graham does share some of her personal experience as well.
“If you are patient, persistent, and the poems are good they will eventually be published. I have published over 140 poems in various Canadian and American literary magazines, been in about 16 anthologies, placed in a few contests, and have also published two chapbooks (small collections of poems) and three full-length collections of poems, but that’s many years of slow writing, drastic revising, and keeping my finished poems out in the mail.
Persistence in submitting your work is more important in getting poetry published than nearly anything.”
For more info on submitting, read my Submission Tips here.
Graham’s poems are lovely examples of the quality and style of poetry many lit mags are looking for. You can read her poems in several online publications, including the three listed below.
- Apex Magazine includes two of Graham’s poems published last year.
- Goblin Fruit features Neile Graham, includes an interview and five poems.
- It’s About Time Writers Reading Series includes one of Graham’s poems, “November Arrives on the Coast.”
Both Goblin Fruit and Apex are currently open for submissions. You can check out their submission guidelines below and a brief description of each lit mag.
“Apex Magazine is an online prose and poetry magazine of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mash-ups of all three. Works full of marrow and passion, stories that are twisted, strange, and beautiful. Creations where secret places and dreams are put on display.” Read more on their About page . . .
SUBMISSION FEE: None
PAYMENT: $.06/word for short fiction. $.25/line for poetry. $60 for art.
DEADLINE: Open until June 1, 2015, then reopening for submissions on September 1, 2015.
NOTES: No simultaneous submissions.
“We want poetry that we can call “of the fantastical”, poetry that treats mythic, surreal, fantasy and folkloric themes, or approaches other themes in a fantastical way. Re-write a fairytale, ponder an old story, consider history from an unusual perspective — really, it’s up to you, so long as the fantastical element is there. Since what qualifies as “the fantastical” is easily debatable, however, here’s what we’re not interested in: science fiction poetry (it’s not you, it’s us), horror for horror’s sake, and poetry that’s self-consciously gothic.
We have no prejudice against traditional poetic forms, rhyme, or meter. We’d like to stay that way, so please let the form serve the poem, not the other way around. Prose poems will be harder to sell, mainly because so many of them straddle the flash fiction line.”
SUBMISSION FEE: None
PAYMENT: $5.00 / $2.50
“We pay a flat rate of $5.00 USD on publication for original, unpublished poems, and $2.50 for solicited reprints.”
DEADLINE: June 1, 2015
NOTES: Goblin does accept reprints and requests a query first with information about where the poem was originally published before sending in the submission.