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2022 Literary Magazine Rankings by Clifford Garstang + submission strategy tips

If you’re not already familiar with Clifford Garstang‘s annual literary magazine rankings or you’ve forgotten to check them out for a while, here’s a reminder to how handy they are! Every year Garstang ranks lit mags based on Pushcart Prize anthology. He creates rankings for the three main genres–Fiction, Poetry, and Non-Fiction. He explains why he started doing the rankings and his methodology. Submitting your work to lit mags you admire and managing submissions can be rewarding but can also be cumbersome work–Garstang explains, “When I first started submitting my short stories to literary magazines, I didn’t know what I was doing. I knew that some magazines were more prestigious than others, but I didn’t have a way of evaluating prestige. I subscribed to several (and still do) but choosing where to submit my work was still hit-or-miss. I didn’t invent the method of tiering submissions, but when I learned of it, I thought it made great sense for me.”

For more information on how to prioritize your publication goals, where to find listings of submission calls, how to research publishers, how to respond to solicitations and more, see my recent article published by Authors Publish.

How to Choose Publications for Your Poetry

“You’ve written and revised your poetry and now you have some finished work you’d like to share with an audience. To help yourself focus on the types of markets you’d like to be published in, ask yourself what’s most important to you. Consider the following and rate each by importance. If they are all equal, that’s ok!”

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  1. Thank you very much for information regardng poetry submission. It is very complex and time consuming, but certainly worthwhile for those who compose poems and who then wish to be recognized in the literary world. Whether anyone actually reads the poetry, of course, is another matter? Hoewever, it is prestgious, to have a poem published in a literary magazine and can fully understand that people want to be applauded in the upper echelons. It is very hard, to find a publisher, in the first place for a novel. To obtain recognition for your poetry – that bit harder.

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