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Best Places to Submit Poetry: A Ranking of Literary Magazines by John Fox + updated with payment/submission fees

Thanks to John Fox for putting together this amazing list of Best Places to Submit Poetry. He actually went through 5 years worth (2011 – 2015) of the anthology The Best American Poetry to see where the poems had been originally published. The result was a list of 147 literary magazines. I took this list a step further–made sure the lit mag was still around, checked their payment level, and whether or not they charge submission fees. My updated table is below.

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Click here for the original list “Best Places to Submit Poetry: A Ranking of Literary Magazines” by John Fox

Here’s my updates to his list with any important notes, payment level, and whether or not they typically charge submission fees. Most don’t charge fees and many are paying markets. The list is sorted the same as the original article, with the literary magazine with the most poems in the anthologies first and those with only one last. For more info on how the list was originally created, see the original article.

Note that some may not currently be open for submissions. If you use Duotrope, you can track most market’s reading period dates by clicking the little light blue track icon in the Submission Periods section. To see which markets you’re tracking, select Your Deadlines from the Account menu.

John Fox List Other Note Submission Fee Poetry Payment
1. The New Yorker, 20 None Professional $50+
2. Poetry Magazine, 17 None Professional $50+
3. The American Poetry Review, 13 Yes Pays occasionally
4. The Cincinnati Review, 11 None Semi-pro $5-$49
5. The New England Review, 10 Yes Semi-pro $5-$49
Ploughshares, 10 Yes Professional $50+
6. The Southern Review, 8 Post only Professional $50+
7.  Southwest Review, 7 Yes Token $5 or less
8. The Nation, 6 None Unknown
New Ohio Review, 6 Yes Semi-pro $5-$49
Prairie Schooner, 6 None Unknown
The Threepenny Review, 6 None Professional $50+
9. Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day Series, 5 solicitation only
AGNI, 5 None Semi-pro $5-$49
The Believer, 5 None Unknown
Court Green, 5 closed
The Iowa Review, 5 Yes Semi-pro $5-$49
The Kenyon Review, 5 None Professional $50+
The Literary Review, 5 None None
The Paris Review, 5 None Professional $50+
Poetry Daily, 5 solicitation only
10. The Awl, 4 no guidelines
Boston Review, 4 Yes Unknown
The Common, 4 Yes Semi-pro $5-$49
Conduit, 4 None None
FIELD, 4 None Semi-pro $5-$49
The Georgia Review, 4 Yes Semi-pro $5-$49
Green Mountains Review, 4 Yes None
Gulf Coast, 4 Yes Professional $50+
Harper’s, 4 solicitation only
Harvard Review, 4 Yes None
The Virginia Quarterly Review, 4 None Professional $50+
11. The American Scholar, 3 no poetry info
The Atlantic Monthly, 3 no poetry info
Barrow Street, 3 Yes None
Beloit Poetry Journal, 3 None Pays occasionally
Columbia Poetry Review, 3 Yes None
Denver Quarterly, 3 None None
Granta, 3 None Unknown
Hanging Loose, 3 None Unknown
jubilat, 3 None Semi-pro $5-$49
London Review of Books, 3 None Unknown
New American Writing, 3 None None
Plume, 3 None None
A Public Space, 3 None Professional $50+
Rattle, 3 None Professional $50+
River Styx, 3 Yes Semi-pro $5-$49
Salmagundi, 3 None None
Subtropics, 3 Yes Professional $50+
12. 32 Poems, 2 Yes Semi-pro $5-$49
Able Muse, 2 None None
Alaska Quarterly Review, 2 None None
The Antioch Review, 2 None Semi-pro $5-$49
Black Warrior Review, 2 Yes Semi-pro $5-$49
Blackbird, 2 None Semi-pro $5-$49
The Carolina Quarterly, 2 Yes None
Cave Wall, 2 None None
Colorado Review, 2 Yes Semi-pro $5-$49
DMQ Review, 2 None None
Fence, 2 Yes None
Fifth Wednesday Journal, 2 None Pays occasionally
Five Points, 2 Yes Professional $50+
The Gettysburg Review, 2 Yes Semi-pro $5-$49
LIT, 2 None None
MAKE Literature Magazine, 2 None None
MiPOesias, 2 closed
The Missouri Review, 2 Yes Professional $50+
The New Criterion, 2 no guidelines
New Letters, 2 None Semi-pro $5-$49
Painted Bride Quarterly, 2 Yes Semi-pro $5-$49
Pleiades, 2 None Unknown
Poet Lore, 2 None None
Post Road, 2 Yes None
The Southampton Review, 2 Yes Pays occasionally
Terminus Magazine, 2 closed
Tin House, 2 None Professional $50+
upstreet, 2 None Professional $50+
Verse Daily, 2 unusual guidelines None None
13. ABZ, 1 closed
The Baffler, 1 None Unknown
Beltway Poetry Quarterly, 1 None Unknown
Birdfeast, 1 None None
Birmingham Poetry Review, 1 None None
Boulevard, 1 Yes Semi-pro $5-$49
Brilliant Corners, 1 None Unknown
Burrow Press Review, 1 closed
Carbon Copy Magazine, 1 closed
Crazyhorse, 1 Yes Semi-pro $5-$49
Cream City Review, 1 None None
Early Music America, 1 no poetry info
Ecotone, 1 Yes Unknown
Fruita Pulp, 1 closed
Gris-Gris, 1 Yes None
Gulfshore Life, 1 no poetry info
Harpur Palate, 1 None None
The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, 1 Yes Pays occasionally
Hayden’s Ferry Review, 1 Yes None
The Hopkins Review, 1 Yes Unknown
House Organ, 1 closed
The Hudson Review, 1 None Unknown
Iron Horse Literary Review, 1 Unknown Professional $50+
The Journal, 1 None None
Kinfolks Quarterly, 1 closed
Lambda Literary Review, 1 None None
Lemon Hound, 1 closed
Little Patuxent Review, 1 None None
The Los Angeles Review, 1 Yes None
Maggy, 1 no poetry info
The Manhattan Review, 1 None None
McSweeny’s, 1 no poetry info
Mead: The Magazine of Literature and Libations, 1 closed
Memorious, 1 None None
Michigan Quarterly Review, 1 None Semi-pro $5-$49
Mid-American Review, 1 None None
Muzzle, 1 None None
Naugatuck River Review, 1 None None
New South, 1 Yes None
New York Quarterly, 1 closed
Ninth Letter, 1 None Semi-pro $5-$49
The Normal School, 1 None None
PANK, 1 Yes Semi-pro $5-$49
PEN America, 1 no guidelines
PMS: poemmemoirstory, 1 renamed “Nelle” Yes None
Poetry London, 1 None Unknown
Poetry Northwest, 1 No fee for 1st submission or for subscribers Pays occasionally
Poets.org, 1 solicitation only
Powder Keg, 1 None None
Redivider, 1 Yes Semi-pro $5-$49
The Rumpus, 1 no poetry info
Seneca Review, 1 None None
Sentence, 1 closed
The Sewanee Review, 1 Yes Pays occasionally
Slate, 1 no guidelines
Southern Indiana Review, 1 None Professional $50+
Spillway, 1 None None
The Sycamore Review, 1 None Semi-pro $5-$49
Terrain.org, 1 None None
Tongue, 1 solicitation only
Tupelo Quarterly, 1 None None
Unsplendid, 1 None None
Vinyl Poetry, 1 None None
Vitrine: a printed museum, 1 no guidelines
The Volta, 1 submissions closed
West Branch, 1 None Professional $50+
Willow Springs, 1 None Semi-pro $5-$49
The Yale Review, 1 None Unknown
Zoland Poetry, 1 closed

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  1. I am curious, as a Latinx writer, who does not not write mainstream, class-themed poetry, or poetry schooled in the Iowian tradition or other academic traditions, is this list even relevent?

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    • I think so. Even the main stream lit mags are looking for diverse writing in new forms. Just as several will also still accept traditional rhyming forms if the work is well done. Neither may be the most common in their pages, but if the poem is good, I don’t know that the rest matters that much. At least, that’s the impression I’ve gotten from the many guidelines I’ve read and editors I’ve interviewed.

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