Call for Submissions

Which lit mags publish nontraditional forms and found poetry?

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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 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.

Apeiron Review

Submissions: Open September 1st and close on October 15th: Publication will occur in January. Open February 1st through March 1st: Publication will occur in July.

Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/listing/7776

“Apeiron Review is Pennsylvania based literary magazine currently only published online. We publish poetry, prose, and photography from all over the world. We want something real, something beautiful, something ugly, and something that sings to the far reaches of our being. Make us laugh or make us cry, but we want something visceral.”

Cicada

Submissions: Rolling submissions, check site for dates.

Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/listing/27

“Cicada is a YA lit/comics magazine fascinated with the lyric and strange and committed to work that speaks to teens’ truths. We publish poetry, realistic and genre fic, essay, and comics by adults and teens. (We are also inordinately fond of dark humor and Viking jokes.) Our readers are smart and curious; submissions are invited but not required to engage young adult themes.”

Contemporary Verse 2

Submissions: Accepts submissions for bi-monthly issues, e.g. January 15, 2016 deadline for Jan/Feb issue

Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/listing/752

“CV2 is nationally respected for its openness to a diverse range of poets and poetic styles. From fresh to familiar and from traditional lyric to extreme language wrangling—we’re not afraid to take it on.”

Crab Fat Magazine

Submissions: Rolling submissions, check site for dates.

Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/listing/16260

“Crab Fat Magazine is founded on the principles of inclusive & diverse writing/publishing. This means we actively seek work from marginalized people. Please submit to us if you are a POC, a queer/trans person, a disabled person, a woman/femme/nonbinary person, a neurodivergent person, a trauma survivor, a nonreligious/atheist/pagan person, or any other person that is often underrepresented in media.  We want to make space for you. We want  to hear your voice.”

Cybersoleil

Submissions: Rolling submissions, check site for dates.

Duotrope: not listed

“Submit up to 5 poems at a time. We are open to any style.”

District Lit

Submissions: Rolling submissions, check site for dates.

Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/listing/8508

“We want poems that writhe on the page, that are essential to understand something true and real. We’re open to experimental forms, but generally prefer poems that are grammatically understandable.”

Duende

Submissions: Rolling submissions, check site for dates.

Notes: Per the current editor, they are also open to found poetry, erasures, etc.

Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/listing/14258

“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.”

ELJ Publications

Notes: Check out their related projects on Duotrope or their site for more details on submitting

Small Reading Fee: $2 (Chapbook)

Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/listing/10510

The Fem

Submissions: Submissions are rolling – always free, always open.

“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.”

Festival Writer

Submissions: Rolling submissions, check site for dates.

Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/listing/15782

Festival Writer is a way to keep the spirit of the Festival of Language moving throughout the year beyond and between appearances at AWP, SSML, and M/MLA. By making available diverse and engaging work, Festival Writer aims to celebrate both established and emerging writers with a variety of voices and is particularly interested in publishing that which is traditionally marginalized.

Futurepoem

Submissions: Rolling submissions, check site for dates.

Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/listing/1244

“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.”

Ghost Proposal

Submissions: Rolling submissions, check site for dates.

Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/listing/9928

“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.”

Half Way Down the Stairs

Submissions: Quarterly reading periods, see their submission guidelines

Notes: Themed Issues

Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/listing/372

“poetry that is fresh and original”

Hotel Amerika

Submissions: Rolling submissions, check site for dates.

Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/listing/152

“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.”

Hyacinth Girl Press

Submissions: See their main page for open submission calls

Notes: Some themed issues (Bye-bye Bukowski is an erasure themed issue)

Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/listing/5486

Hyacinth Girl Press is a micro-press that publishes up to 6 poetry chapbooks each year. We specialize in handmade books of smaller press runs. We consider ourselves a feminist press and are particularly interested in manuscripts dealing with topics such as radical spiritual experiences, creation/interpretation of myth through a feminist lens, and science.

JAB

Submissions: Rolling submissions, check site for dates.

Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/listing/16129

“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.”

Jubilat

Submissions: Rolling submissions, check site for dates.

Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/listing/16129

“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.”

Juked

Submissions: Reading year round

Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/listing/960

“We don’t adhere to any particular themes or tastes, but some people tell us they see one, so who knows.”

Kenning

Submissions: Rolling submissions, check site for dates.

Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/listing/7558

“Kenning wants your page poems & your spoken word poems. We want poetry videos. We want you to surprise us.  We want poems that are funny, ferocious, beautiful, passionate, idiosyncratic. We want all forms, styles, and subjects as long as they make for good poems.”

The Museum of Americana

Submissions: Rolling submissions, check site for dates.

Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/listing/8159

“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.”

NonBinary Review

Submissions: Rolling submissions, check site for dates.

Notes: Themed Issues, Paying Market, see previous submission call due June 1, 2015 here.

Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/listing/14354

“We want language that makes us reach for a dictionary, a tissue, or both. Words in combinations and patterns that leave the faint of heart a little dizzy. We want insight, deep diving, broad connections, literary conspiracies, personal revelations, or anything you want to tell us about the themes we’ve chosen. Literary forms are changing as we use technology and typography to find new ways to tell stories—for work that doesn’t fit neatly into any one genre, we’ve created a separate category to properly evaluate submissions of a hybrid or experimental nature. Each issue will focus on a single theme.”

Poetry WTF?!

Submissions: Always accepting submissions

Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/listing/8159

“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.”

The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society

Submissions: Rolling submissions, check site for dates.

Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/listing/13808

“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.”

Raleigh Review

Submissions: Rolling submissions, check site for dates.

Small Submission Fee: $3 fee to submit

Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/listing/4395

“If you think your poems will make a perfect stranger’s toes tingle, heart leap, or brain sizzle, then send it our way. We typically do not publish avant garde or language poetry and have a general aversion to unnecessarily exclusive work. We do like a poem that causes–for a wide audience–a visceral reaction to intellectually and emotionally rich material.”

Scissors and Spackle

Submissions: Rolling submissions, check site for dates.

Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/listing/6046

“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.”

Silver Birch Press

Submissions: Search for their themed submissions listed separately on Duotrope or check their blog for submission calls.

Note: They have accepted found poetry and reprints of my work in the past and are great to work with.

Split Lip

Submissions: Appears to accept work year-round

Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/listing/8215

“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.”

Star 82 Review (*82)

Submissions: Poetry only

Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/listing/10271

“We are currently accepting work in five separate categories; you may submit in two categories (please see the specific guidelines for each or your work will not be read)… [the categories include] Erasure Text: Find a new, unrelated text in an old text. Also known as altered text: usually a page from a used book or a scan or copy that has been completely transformed with color, collage, sewing, handwriting, mixed-media, or text from other sources. Looking for both visual and verbal impact. (Erasures done only with black Sharpie are unlikely to be accepted.) Send up to two files in one submission.”

streetcake

Submissions: Year-round

Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/listing/10271

“the magazine for innovative, experimental, and visual writing”

Third Point Press

Submissions: Year-round

Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/listing/16610

“We want you to send us the stuff you know is good. We want to see the not-quite-genre and not-quite-literary. We like experiments and minimalism and conceptual writing. We like magical realism and absurdism and underrepresented perspectives. We want you to use your voice and your perspective–not just what’s popular right now.”

Vagabonds: Anthology Of The Mad Ones

Submissions: Rolling submissions. Check site for dates.

Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/listing/13124

“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.”

Wicked Alice

Submissions: Women writers only

Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/listing/1129

“we seek writing that is innovative”

Window Cat Press

Submissions: Rolling submissions. Check site for dates.

Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/listing/16862

“Here, we encourage innovation. Play with form! Celebrate the ways our lives intertwine via the Internet, and bring the fun back to creative expression. Free to submit to and access, Window Cat Press offers a place for young, emerging artists to share quality work as diverse as our audience. We publish a variety of media: cross-genre, collaborations, slam, etc. in addition to more traditional and widely-accepted forms.”

Young Ravens Literary Review

Submissions: Rolling submissions. Check site for dates.

Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/listing/16278

“We accept fiction, nonfiction, visual art, and poetry of all flavors, from free verse to found.”

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