Approachable Poetry Journals for Brand New Poets

(This is is outdated. See our list of poetry magazines with high acceptance rates or poetry magazines for established poets (much more selective)

Seeing that most mainstream publications have a (much) lower acceptance rate than Ivy League colleges, I’ve been compiling a list of approachable poetry journals to give emerging poets a chance at getting their work out in the world. Here are just a few, and if you enjoy this post, you might also want to read my guide for submitting poetry.

Here’s what I found this week:

A List of Approachable Poetry Journals:



Acceptance Rate: 50-60%
+ Professional
Character (published on each solstice and equinox)
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Down in the Dirt

Acceptance Rate: 70%
+ For those with no filter
Guidelines: Click Here

Eskimo Pie

Acceptance Rate: 80-90%
– Very Bloggy
Guidelines: Click Here

Poem Hunter

Acceptance Rate: 100%
– Not a “publication” but a website that allows you to submit your poetry into their index. There seems to be a fairly active community there. Worth a look!
– More of a community and forum than a “publication”, but exposure is exposure
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