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What is "previously published" and where can I submit reprints?

The article “What Is Considered Previously Published Writing?” on Writer’s Relief does a great job explaining all the nuances of determining if your work should be considered previously published. For example, is the original publisher still online? Is the issue out of print? Do blogs and social networking posts count?
Many literary magazines and journals will state clearly what they consider previously published in their submission guidelines, but not all do. If you are unsure, send a quick email and ask the editor before submitting.
Also, make sure you still retain rights to the work before submitting it as a reprint to another publication. For more info on the different types of copyrights commonly used, see Copyright Information for Writers on Poets&Writers website.
Okay, now you’ve done your homework… time to submit.
reprints
If you have poetry or other writing which has been previously published, but the readership was low or perhaps it was only in print and not online, you may want to submit it to literary magazines and journals that accept work as a reprint. If you’re not sure whether or not something is technically classified as previously published, Writer’s Relief has a great article explaining What Is Considered Previously Published Writing.
There are two lists below. The first is a detailed list of 12 lit mags who accept reprints. I selected these 12 because they are markets I am familiar with and have most likely previously submitted to myself or read on a regular basis. The second list is from Duotrope and includes all the poetry markets identified as accepting reprints in their database. Read the guidelines carefully. Some may only take reprints if solicited, others may have changed their guidelines since originally listed with Duotrope.
For more info on how to submit to literary magazine and journals, read my Submission Tips here.
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Detailed list of 12 markets

Avatar Review

DEADLINE: Rolling deadlines (Currently reading through December 2015)
SUBMISSION FEE: None
NOTES: "Previously published work accepted on occasion-although we prefer unpublished material. Author must supply appropriate credit."
FORMS: poetry, short fiction, essays, visual art and prose poems
PAYMENT: None
DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/887

Blue Monday Review

DEADLINE: Rolling deadlines (Current call ends January 29, 2015)
SUBMISSION FEE: None
NOTES: "We will consider previously published material but have a slight bias toward unpublished work."
FORMS: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction
PAYMENT: poetry $10, reprints $5
DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/13709

Broadsided

DEADLINE: Open September 2 through May 14 (doesn't read during summer)
SUBMISSION FEE: $3
NOTES: "Broadsided seeks poetry and prose that is evocative, riveting, and not too esoteric. . . . The nature of the Broadside is a bit different than traditional print, so if your poem/story has been published elsewhere in a journal or collection, we are still happy to consider it. Just let us know who we should credit."
FORMS:  poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and art
PAYMENT: None
DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/2199

BurningWord

DEADLINE: Rolling deadlines each quarter, due the 15th of the previous month (next deadline is December 15, 2015)
SUBMISSION FEE: None
NOTES: "We accept simultaneous submissions and will consider previously published work, however preference will be given to unpublished material. Please include all publication information where applicable."
FORMS: poetry, flash fiction, and flash nonfiction
PAYMENT: None
DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/7898

Cahoodaloodaling

DEADLINE: Rolling deadlines
SUBMISSION FEE: None
NOTES: Themed submission calls
FORMS: visual and audio art, poetry, literature, as well as essays, non-fiction, screenplays, collaborations and even letters home
PAYMENT: None
DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/7892

East Coast Review

DEADLINE: Rolling deadlines
SUBMISSION FEE: None
NOTES: "Previously published work is acceptable, just let us know where it was originally published."
FORMS: poetry, flash fiction, short fiction, and art
PAYMENT: None
DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/13374

Literary Mama

DEADLINE: Always open
SUBMISSION FEE: None
NOTES: They publish "literary writing about the many faces of motherhood. Since 2003, we have featured poetry, fiction, columns, and creative non-fiction that may be too raw, too irreverent, too ironic, or too body-conscious for traditional or commercial motherhood publications."
FORMS: poetry, fiction, columns, and creative non-fiction
PAYMENT: none
DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/981

Neon

DEADLINE: Always open
SUBMISSION FEE: None
NOTES: "Reprints and simultaneous submissions are okay, but please let me know if a piece is published elsewhere."
FORMS:  one story, a couple of flash fictions, or several poems
PAYMENT: None
DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/1097

Poetry Super Highway

DEADLINE: Always open
SUBMISSION FEE: None
NOTES: Poetry Super Highway features a couple of poets every week in their Poet of the Week on their main web site and only publishes previously published poetry when it isn’t currently published on the web, in other words, it can only be previously published in print.
FORMS: poetry
PAYMENT: None
DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/5389

Silver Birch Press

DEADLINE: Rolling deadlines
SUBMISSION FEE: None
NOTES: They have accepted found poetry and reprints of my work in the past and are great to work with.
FORMS: poetry, flash fiction
PAYMENT: None
DUOTROPE: Search for their themed submission calls separately on Duotrope

The Fem

DEADLINE: Submissions are rolling - always free, always open
SUBMISSION FEE: None
NOTES: "We review works of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and art. We encourage thought-provoking works that highlight the personal experiences of women, LGBTQIA individuals, people of color, people with disabilities, etc. We also encourage experimental pieces that mix genres and show us something new with structure - if it mixes genres, don't stress -  we'll figure out where to place it."
FORMS:  poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and art
PAYMENT: None
DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/16924

Verse-Virtual

DEADLINE: Always open
SUBMISSION FEE: None
NOTES: "Verse-Virtual is both a community and a journal. Persons who want to submit their poetry to the journal should be interested in being part of the community."
FORMS:  poetry
PAYMENT: None
DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/14551

The rest of the list

America is not the World [Pankhearst] NEW!
Autumn Sky Poetry Daily
Avatar Review
Barbaric Yawp
Bark, The
Beakful | Becquée [mgv2>publishing]
Beechwood Review FLEDGLING
Beorh Weekly
Bewildering Stories
Big City Lit
Birds We Piled Loosely/Tangential Bird Piles, The
Birmingham Poetry Review
Bombay Literary Magazine, The
Bond Street Review, The [Ink Publications]
Boston Poetry Magazine
Broken City, The
Burningword Literary Journal
Cadaverine Magazine
cahoodaloodaling
Calamaro
Canary [Hip Pocket Press]
Carrier Pigeon
Cascadia Review
Catch & Release [Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art]
Catharsis FLEDGLING NEW!
Century 121
Cha: An Asian Literary Journal
Children, Churches and Daddies
Clean Sheets MATURE
Cliterature MATURE
Cloudy Cephalopod [Typoetic.us] FLEDGLING NEW!
Commonline Journal, The
Conceit Magazine
Copperfield Review, The
Corvus Review
CounterPunch
Creative Colloquy
Cricket Online Review
Danse Macabre
Deep South Magazine
Defenestrationism
Digital Papercut [Wordpool Press]
Down in the Dirt
East Coast Literary Review
EcoTheo Review NEW!
Ekphrastic: writing and art on art and writing FLEDGLING NEW!
Eskimo Pie
Every Writer
Extract(s)
Fear of Monkeys, The
Fem, The NEW!
Feminist Wire, The
Fjords
Font, The NEW!
Front Porch Review
Furious Gazelle’s Halloween Contest, The [Furious Gazelle, The]
Garland of the Goddess [Bibliotheca Alexandrina]
Geist
Ghazal Page, The
Ginosko Literary Journal
Gobshite Quarterly
Good Men Project, The
Great American Poetry Show, The
hedgerow NEW!
Hypertrophic Literary [Hypertrophic Press]
Indiana Voice Journal
Inlandia: A Literary Journey
Jewish Literary Journal, The
Labletter Monthly Notes Series, The [Labletter, The]
Lake, The
Lambda Literary Review [Lambda Literary]
Lascaux Review, The
Leaf Garden Press
Legendary, The
Legends [Grey Wolfe Publishing]
Linnet’s Wings, The
Literary Mama
Literation, A
Long Story Short
Lotus-eater NEW!
Lunch at Giverny [New Codices Press]
Mad Poets Review
Manic D Press
MEAT STORIES FLEDGLING NEW!
mediterranean poetry
Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry
Metaphor Magazine NEW!
mgversion2>datura [mgv2>publishing] MATURE
Michigan Poet, The
Midwestern Gothic
miller’s pond poetry magazine
misfitmagazine.net
Missing Slate, The
Moon Monthly Magazine, The
Mouse Tales Press
Mulberry Fork Review
Naissance Chapbooks / chapbookpublisher.com
Nazar Look
Neon
New Wave Vomit
OF ZOOS
Oneiric Moor, The FLEDGLING NEW!
OSA Enizagam
Our Day’s Encounter
Palettes & Quills
Pay Attention: Poems for Oral Interpretation FLEDGLING NEW!
Pear Drop
Petite Hound Press
Phenomenal Literature
POETALK NEW!
Poetry Pacific
Poetry Super Highway
Quiet Courage, A
r.kv.r.y.
Randomly Accessed Poetics [Penhead Press]
Reality Institute, The
Referential Magazine
River Poets Journal
Rufous City Review
Schuylkill Valley Journal, The
Semaphore Magazine
Shine Journal: The Light Left Behind, The
Sidereal Journal
Sixers Review
Skidrow Penthouse
Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing
Snapping Twig
SOFTBLOW
Stepping Stones Magazine: ALMIA
Still Crazy
Still Point Arts Quarterly
Stirring [Sundress Publications]
Storyteller, The
Subprimal Poetry Art
SubverCity Transmit FLEDGLING NEW!
Summerset Review, The
Survivor’s Review
Sybaritic Press
Synesthesia Literary Journal FLEDGLING NEW!
Tales of the Zombie War
Tellus
Terrain.org
Thank You For Swallowing FLEDGLING NEW!
Thirteen Ways FLEDGLING NEW!
This Space NEW!
Time Of Singing
Tinderbox Editions Anthology of Lyric Essays [Tinderbox Editions] FLEDGLING NEW!
Tipton Poetry Journal
Touch: The Journal of Healing
Tower Journal, The
TQ Review: A Journal for Trans* // Queer Voices [Damaged Goods Press] FLEDGLING
Transnational, The
Travel by the Books
TulipTree Review [TulipTree Publishing]
Typoetic.us
Underwater New York
Unlost Journal [Unbroken] FLEDGLING NEW!
Uproot: A Literary Journal
Valparaiso Poetry Review
Vehicle, The
VerbalArt
Verse-Virtual
Walking Is Still Honest [Nostrovia!]
Waterways
WestWard Quarterly
Window Cat Press tumblr [Window Cat Press]
Wordgathering
Write To Meow [Grey Wolfe Publishing] NEW!
Write to Wildlife Anthology Series [Grey Wolfe Publishing]
Write to Woof [Grey Wolfe Publishing]
Writing Disorder, The
Writing Raw
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  1. What an amazing list! Thanks Trish! - Poetry Super Highway does indeed consider previously published…but only if not previously published elsewhere on the net. (outside of one’s personal website/blog.) So only if appeared in print somewhere. Make sense?

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