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Is submitting your poetry to literary magazines/journals intimidating?

This article by Neon Magazine has some great tips. I’ve done my fair share of submitting, and I can attest to not only the time it takes to thoroughly read and meet all of the submission guidelines, but how important it is if you are serious about sharing your work with a larger audience. If you read this article and still have questions, feel free to message me or comment below. I am more than happy to do my best to share my own experience and tips or do a little research to see if I can help.

For more info on how to submit to literary magazine and journals, read my Submission Tips here. You can also check out some of the places I’ve been published by checking out the links on my Publications page.

This article provides info on the whole process of submitting, including:

  • Finding a suitable publication
  • Explanations of multiple and simultaneous submissions, withdrawals, and reprints
  • Copyrights
  • Formatting your work
  • Writing a cover letter
  • And other tips


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  1. Reblogged this on The Poetry Channel and commented:
    I am sharing, and will continue to, as many of these Submissions posts as I come across. Partly to keep myself motivated, and also so that many of you talented Poets are aware of the opportunities to get your work out there.

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  2. While the Neon article is a compilation of standard guidelines that poets can find anywhere with a little research, young poets, being left brain creatures often find themselves overwhelmed by the mundane tasks of organization and publishing. So this pointer should be greatly appreciated by new poets looking for an outlet.

    That being said, new poets should also take the time to read literary journals and spend some time in the bookstores buying (not browsing) the books of other poets. Not going to slams and open mikes, but reading the works of published poets to see how their work appears in print. It makes an enormous difference, and if they don’t find their own work transforming and maturing by the influence of poets published over time, then I would question if they are writing from an act of therapy rather than the inspiration of the muse.

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  3. Reblogged this on Wind Eggs and commented:
    The article Trish links to contains information that can easily be found with a little research and effort. But for new poets, bewildered by the publishing process, it’s a helpful shortcut. That being said, and I note this in my comment, you shouldn’t submit before you read what other published poets have done.

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  4. Dear Ms. Hopkinson,

    Thanks for sharing such an informative article. I was wondering if there was a similar one out there that guided poets in the process of submitting book-length manuscripts. I’ve been scouring the internet for a couple weeks now and have only found two vague paragraphs on Writer’s Digest. In particular, a guide that offers proper form would be awesome. If not, I understand completely.

    Thank you,


    Raquel Vasquez Gilliland


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