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Paying Lit Mags for Emerging Poets


Click here to download the spreadsheet: Poetry Magazine/Journal Ratings for Emerging Poets with Paying Markets

I kept finding great sources and articles describing which literary magazines are paying markets and which are publishing new/emerging poets, so to make heads or tails of it, I cross referenced several lists including those that use Pushcart Prize Rankings, lit mag reviewer expertise, other online writing experts, and DuotropeThe results of my research are displayed in a table here.

Keep in mind, some of these are competitive markets that do occasionally accept emerging writers’ work. Many of these same markets have annual contests to help new writers get in the door. Know the journal well before you commit to paying contest fees and make sure you are sending in your very best work which fits what they typically print. Otherwise, you could be wasting your time and money.

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Spreadsheet Column Heading Key and Sources:

Clifford Garstang’s Pushcart Prize Rankings

Clifford has done an excellent job with his methodology to help him determine how to manage simultaneous submissions: “If on the other hand I had received an acceptance from an unknown magazine, it would kill me to have to withdraw from Ploughshares if I had made the mistake of submitting to both at the same time. . . . So I came up with this simple system. I would rank magazines based solely on the number of Pushcart Prizes and Special Mentions the magazines had won over a ten year period.”

If you appreciate his listing, click the link to his page above and make a small donation to support Clifford’s efforts or better yet, purchase one of his books.

Becky Tuch’s Lit Mag Starter Kit Listings for Traditional and/or Quirky

Whether you are just starting to consider submitting your work or are submitting regularly, part 1 of this article by Becky Tuch gives a reviewer’s inside look at the most traditional and well-done journals and lit mags; and part 2 gives a reviewer’s inside look at the most quirky. Both include links to each with a brief description. It also includes information on The Review Review, which is a valuable resource for detailed reviews of many others publications, as well as access to calls for submissions and other writer resources.

Emerging Writers Listings

Compiled and combined from three major sources:

michaelalexanderchaney: Top Lit Mags that REALLY do publish emerging writers

Aerogramme Writer’s Studio:  25 (More) Publication Opportunities for Emerging Writers—“In September we shared 13 Publication Opportunities for Emerging Writers. This post got a great response and so here, by popular demand, are 25 more literary journals and magazines that welcome submissions from new and emerging writers.”

Write Habit: Literary Journals—“The following literary journals regularly publish emerging writers and sometimes publish new writers (emerging meaning writers who have not yet published a book, and new meaning writers who have not yet published in journals). Always read a journal’s submission guidelines carefully! Go to the FAQs page for more info on submitting.”

2 replies »

  1. Enjoying all the information in this post, but it looks like the links to Becky Tuch’s Lit Mag Starter Kit aren’t working. I did a search for it, but the original publication site (beyondthemargins) seems to be gone. Is it available elsewhere?

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