Updated for 2020: 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If you’re an unpublished poet, submitting your work to poetry magazines with high acceptance rates is a great way to get your name out there.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 great magazines for new and emerging 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 worked gets picked up 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.
Poetry Magazines with High Acceptance Rates (in 2020):
Here’s a list of great magazines for new poets — 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.
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.
Stick in there!
|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|
|More Coming Soon…|
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FAQ: Poetry Publication for Beginners
How do I find poetry magazine submission opportunities? 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 (there are plenty of forums and websites out there) and asking around. Most poets are more than happy to share their poetry magazine submission experiences!
How do I self-publish poetry books and posts? 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 or relying on Amazon KDP. Take home point: you shouldn’t have to pay to get published.
What are the easiest poetry journals to get into? 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!
Where can I find a beginner poetry magazine list? 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).
How do I find poetry magazine acceptance rates? When it comes to magazines for new poets, there are a few good resources out there, but none as promising as 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.
Vita Brevis Press’ first poetry anthology was a #1 bestselling new poetry release on Amazon. This list was written and is maintained by Brian Geiger, writer, founder, and editor for Vita Brevis Press. Vita Brevis Press is a bestselling small publisher dedicated to emerging and established poets, circulating their work in an online magazine and in physical anthologies. Vita Brevis Poetry Magazine publishes some of the best emerging poets out there, pairing their work with tonally relevant artwork.