Ultimate List of Poetry Magazines with High Acceptance Rates (2020)

List of Poetry Magazines with High Acceptance Rates (in 2020)
List of Poetry Magazines with High Acceptance Rates (in 2020)

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. Please share your success stories with me, whether in poetry magazines for unpublished poets or in some of the best poetry magazines out there.


If you’re an unpublished poet, submitting your work to poetry magazines with high acceptance rates is a great way to get your name out there.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 do not ask for reading fees, and all of them are respectable. Though “bloggy” and student-led publications are easy to get accepted in, 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. 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.

[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!]


Poetry Magazines with High Acceptance Rates (in 2020):

Vita BrevisSubmit Page
Uppagus Submit Page
Literary Yard Submit Page
Scarlet Leaf Review Submit Page
The TowerSubmit Page
Vita BrevisSubmit Page
Ekphrastic ReviewSubmit Page
Jet Fuel ReviewSubmit Page
Firewords QuarterlySubmit Page
DrabbleSubmit Page
Five:2:OneSubmit Page
New England ReviewSubmit Page
Cosmonauts AvenueSubmit Page
New England ReviewSubmit
Bayou MagazineSubmit
Armchair/ShotgunSubmit
StirringSubmit
Spry Literary JournalSubmit
MusedSubmit
Right Hand PointingSubmit
The Stinging FlySubmit
805Submit
PreludeSubmit
The Hudson ReviewSubmit
Willow SpringsSubmit
The Daphne ReviewSubmit
Broad River ReviewSubmit
SundogSubmit
Newton LiterarySubmit
Check in next week for more!

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.

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