Updated for 2021: I’m proud to say that list has springboarded hundreds of poets into poetry magazines around the world. I never expected it to become this popular, but I’m glad it’s become such a valuable resource. Bookmark this page to stay up-to-date on the latest poetry magazine submission opportunities. If you like this list of literary journals with high acceptance rates, consider joining the Vita Brevis newsletter for a weekly batch of poetry!
If you’re an unpublished poet, submitting your work to poetry magazines with high acceptance rates is a great way to get your name out there. I’ve created a list of these magazines to encourage emerging poets to enter the world of poetry publication.
Most of these publications don’t ask for reading fees, and all of them are respectable. Though “bloggy” and student-led publications are among the easiest poetry journals to get into, I urge poets to send their work in to magazines with a wider readership and higher editorial standards.
How do you find those? It’s pretty tough, so here’s a list of literary journals for new poets that has been vetted by a real poetry editor. Getting published in any of these is something to be proud of. They’re in no particular order, so have at it.
If your poetry gets published by a lot of these publications, then you’re ready to move up to the next tier; here are some respected poetry magazines that are much more selective. And if you’re looking for other ways to step into the professional world of poetry publication, check out my guide to starting a poetry blog on WordPress.
List of Poetry Magazines with High Acceptance Rates
Getting published in any of these poetry journals is something to be proud of. While they are selective, they aren’t as exclusive as a lot of higher-tier publications. This is a great sweet spot for emerging poets who want to publish their work in great magazines with editorial standards.
Also worth noting: these “high” acceptance rates are still pretty low. Poetry publications are tough to get into, especially if you’re submitting to high-quality magazines like these. Just remember to always submit your best work, and always follow the submission guidelines on each poetry publication’s website. Make sure you bookmark this list of literary journals with high acceptance rates.
|Valparaiso Poetry Review||Submit|
|Scarlet Leaf Review||Submit|
|Jet Fuel Review||Submit|
|The Stinging Fly||Submit|
|Spry Literary Journal||Submit|
|Right Hand Pointing||Submit|
|The Daphne Review||Submit|
|Broad River Review||Submit|
|Susan / The Journal||Submit|
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FAQ: About this List of Poetry Magazines
Don’t worry about the acceptance rate; only worry about sending in your best work. That said, when it comes to finding magazines for new poets, there’s always Duotrope. Now, it’s a shame that poets have to pay for it (which is a big downside seeing that this isn’t a passion with much financial incentive), but it does include some great data on each magazine. That said, it’s all still approximated based on poet submission statistics. I’ve been able to talk to editors to figure out their approximate acceptance rates, and some Duotrope listings aren’t very accurate.
Plugging away inquiries for “magazines for new poets” or “list of poetry magazines” on Google is a good start, but the most useful content tends to come from your fellow poets. I recommend joining poetry communities and asking around. Most poets are more than happy to share their poetry magazine submission experiences!
If the world of poetry publication is a bit too stressful and you’d rather get your work out in the world on your own accord, you can always self-publish. Just be careful. There are a lot of money-grabbing self-publish resources out there that prey on new poets. I recommend self-publishing poetry on WordPress. In that guide, I walk you through how you can create the best poetry blog on WordPress. And remember: you should never have to pay to get published.
While there are plenty of poetry magazines with high acceptance rates out there, you don’t want to send your poetry to just anyone. I highly recommend using this vetted list of poetry publications to make sure you’re only submitting to journals with editorial standards. This will help you now and in the long run!
If you’re a beginner or a new poet, you’ll want to start submitting your poetry to magazines for new poets. I’ve created poetry magazines lists for new poets (this one) and experienced poets (see my list of best poetry magazines). Try sending in work to poetry magazines on either list.
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