Category: Poetry

Ongoing Submissions: Poetry London

Payment: £30 for one poem and £20 for each subsequent poem
Theme: All forms of poetry, including translations

Poetry London is a leading international magazine, where new names share pages with acclaimed contemporary poets. We also publish a wide range of poetry in translation.

The magazine is published in February, May and September. We receive a vast amount of submissions, so reading can take up to three months, and if your work is shortlisted, maybe even longer. You might find it helpful to read the magazine first, to see if your work is suitable.

We appreciate subscriptions, as we depend on these to survive, though if you don’t subscribe it won’t affect your chances!

Please ensure that you pay the correct postage when submitting poems and books for review. As a small charitable organisation, we don’t have the resources to pay for any additional costs incurred and won’t be able to collect any post where incorrect postage has been paid. Thank you!

We pay poets £30 for one poem and £20 for each subsequent poem. Appropriate adjustments may be made for very long poems. Review and interview fees are agreed in advance with the Reviews Editor and benchmarked at £45 per 1,000 words.

TO SUBMIT POEMS


Poetry London aims to publish the best, most exciting poetry being written now, and we are always interested in work by unpublished poets, as well as celebrated ones.

Submissions are read by Martha Sprackland, Poetry Editor.

At the moment, we are especially interested in poetry in translation. For submissions of translations, or discussions of translation projects, please contact us directly on [email protected] All other submissions should follow the process below.

Both postal and electronic submissions are welcome and all are carefully read.

For postal submissions, please send a maximum of six poems to:

Martha Sprackland
Poetry London
Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross
London
SE14 6NW
UK

Always include a stamped addressed envelope for our reply.

We will reply by email if you are sending your work from abroad. In these circumstances you may submit your poems by post and request an email response in your cover letter. Unfortunately we cannot return manuscripts from outside the UK.

For online submissions, please click the button below and follow the instructions.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if you are submitting online through Submittable. Please withdraw your poems if they are accepted elsewhere.

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Via: Poetry London.

Taking Submissions: Organic Ink: Volume 5 (Not Rated)

Deadline: February 28th, 2022
Payment: Royalties
Theme: All poetry pieces are welcome. There is no theme.

Organic Ink: Volume 5 (Not Rated)

  • Deadline – February 28th, 2022
  • Publication – June 2022
  • Word Count – 2,000 word count minimum (not line count)
  • Theme – All poetry pieces are welcome. There is no theme.

Publisher INFORMATION

Company name: Dragon Soul Press
Anthology Submission Email: [email protected]
Website: http://dragonsoulpress.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dragonsoulpress/
Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/listing/26543/dragon-soul-press
The Grinder: https://thegrinder.diabolicalplots.com/Market/Index?id=9529

 

CHECKLIST

Introduction of author This is not where the biography goes.
Author Contact Information / Pen name MUST be included with real name. If real name is same as pen name, state so in email.
Author Biography in Third Person in 100-200 words Mandatory minimum of 100.
Submission Word Count Also applies to poetry. Word count. Not line count.
Submission Formatted in Times New Roman 12 PT Font. One-inch margins. No indentations. No double-spacing. No extra spacing between paragraphs. No chapters. Only DOC and DOCX accepted.Format video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftjuYtJWIBI
Format image example at bottom of page.
Summary/Query Letter Summarized outline of all major events within the story.
All emails should be addressed as “Dear Editor”
Email subject and file name must be as follows – “Story Title by Author Name for (Name of) Anthology”
All of the author’s social media links, including website if applicable Author must have an active social media account.

 

Important information

Maximum of two submissions per anthology per author.
Authors can submit to all anthologies simultaneously.
Reprints from third party sources accepted IF author currently holds full rights. We will not publish duplicate stories within DSP.
Authors get 30% Royalties for first year from date of publication. Afterwards, 30% of all proceeds go to a charity chosen by the Publisher.
Story rights – The Publisher permanently reserves the right to publish the Work within the Anthology while the Author keeps ownership rights to the Work.
Do not submit anthology stories with chapters.
All submissions will be reviewed within thirty (30) days of the anthology’s deadline.
After receiving edits back, the author has one (1) week to return the submission for formatting.
POETRY SUBMISSIONS: All poetry needs to be contained within a single email. Each poem should be in a separate document. Haikus may be grouped together.
Extensions: Due to the massive number of submissions received per anthology, DSP no longer offers authors an extension. Submission calls are posted upwards of 1-4 years at a time.

E-mail address to submit to – [email protected]

 

NOTICE –  Failure to submit correctly will result in refusal of submission.

Via: Dragon Soul Press.

Taking Submissions: AGNI Online

Deadline: May 31st, 2021
Payment: $10 per printed (or printed-out) page for accepted prose, and $20 per page for accepted poetry, up to a maximum of $150 and 2 contributors copies
Theme: This has to be literature. They don’t print genre work but you can borrow from genre work for your story.

Essentials to remember

Reading
period
September 1st
– May 31st
Response
time
Two to four
months
Submission
methods
Electronic and
postal
Simultaneous
submissions
Accepted
Word
limit
No hard-and-fast
length limit

We look for writing that catches experience before the crusts of habit form—poetry and prose that resist ideas about what a certain kind of writing “should do.” We seek out writers who tell their truths in their own words and convince us as we read that we’ve found something no one else could have written.

When to submit

AGNI welcomes manuscripts between September 1st and May 31st. Submissions mailed in June, July, or August will be returned unread, provided sufficient return postage is included.

Things to know when submitting

  • Nearly everything we publish is unsolicited.
  • We encourage submissions from writers of all identities, living anywhere, published and unpublished.
  • We will not consider writing that has already been published in English, whether in a book, magazine, newspaper, or on an app, a website, a social media feed, or a publicly accessible online community.
  • We consider only work written in English or translated into English.
  • We have no word limits, though space is at a premium and length sometimes affects our decisions.
  • We do not publish genre romance, horror, mystery, or science fiction; however, we are open to writing that borrows elements from any of these.
  • We will consider excerpts if they read as if they were meant to stand alone.
  • We are interested in personal essays, think-pieces, memoir, prose poems, formal poems, blank verse, free verse, short stories, and short shorts; we do not publish academic essays or purely journalistic writing.
  • Though we rely on student interns for many things, they are not involved in considering submissions. All manuscripts are read by masthead editors.
  • Our blog features posts by writers who have appeared previously in AGNI or AGNI Online.
  • You can familiarize yourself with the magazine by ordering a recent print issue or by perusing the writing that appears here. This site includes selected pieces from our decades of print issues and everything we’ve published at AGNI Online since its inauguration in 2002.

Some requests

  • Please send only one story, one essay, or up to five poems, and please wait for our reply before sending more. As soon as we respond, you can feel free to submit again during a reading period.
  • Please use page numbers and, if you are submitting prose, double-space your document.
  • Please do not submit revisions of work we’ve already considered.
  • If you submit on paper and want us to reply by mail, please enclose a stamped, addressed envelope (SAE). If the envelope is large enough and you include sufficient postage, we will return the manuscript; otherwise, it will be recycled. If you’d like to be notified by email only, please include your email address and skip the SAE.
  • Do not email your work; we do not read or consider emailed submissions.
  • Feel free to submit the same work to other magazines simultaneously. If your entire submission is accepted elsewhere, please log in to your online account and withdraw using the link there—or, if you’ve submitted by mail, or if only a portion of your submission has been taken elsewhere, please contact us with a quick withdrawal note.
  • Do not mail your work to us in the months of June, July, or August. The online portal is also closed during those months.
  • Do not send us your only copy; we cannot accept responsibility for your manuscript.
  • Please do not contact us about your submission until four months have passed. We work hard to respond within two, but we’re not always able. After four months, please contact us right away if you have not received a reply.

WHERE to send:

If you’d rather not submit through our free online portal, please address your envelope to the Fiction Editor, Poetry Editor, or Nonfiction Editor and mail to:

AGNI Magazine
Boston University
236 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215

Regular post is fine. There is no advantage to sending a more expensive way.

Purchasing rights

All submissions are considered for both print and online publication.

We buy first worldwide serial rights and pay $10 per printed (or printed-out) page for accepted prose, and $20 per page for accepted poetry, up to a maximum of $150. We also give a year’s subscription to AGNI. In the case of print publication, each contributor receives two copies of the issue their work appears in, and we send up to four additional copies to friends or family.

Blog publication, which is limited to writers who have previously appeared in AGNI or AGNI Online, is unpaid.

Via: Agni Online.

Ongoing Submissions: Rattle – General Poetry

Payment: $200 if accepted for a print issue, $100 if accepted for online publication.
Theme: Poetry of all shapes and sizes

Rattle publishes unsolicited poetry and translations of poetry.

Submissions are open year-round, always welcomed, and always free. Despite their growing prevalence in the literary community, we do not believe in submission fees and never will.

Rattle does not accept work that has been previously published, in print or online (we do NOT consider self-publishing to blogs, message boards, or social media as publication with respect to this rule).

Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. If the work is accepted elsewhere, just add a note through Submittable, or, if you submitted in hard copy, email to let us know. We don’t publish anything without your signature, anyway; if another journal beats us to the punch, congratulations!

Contributors in print receive $200/poem and a complimentary one-year subscription to the magazine. Online contributors receive $100/poem.

All free submissions are automatically considered for the annual Neil Postman Award for Metaphor, a $2,000 prize judged by the editors.

Quick Options:
Submittable / Postal

Poems

We like poems of any length. Send up to four poems at a time. We’re looking for poems that move us, that might make us laugh or cry, or teach us something new. We like both free verse and traditional forms—we try to publish a representative mix of what we receive. We read a lot of poems, and only those that are unique, insightful, and musical stand out—regardless of style. Since our issues include about 70 pages of poetry, one of the main things we’re looking for is diversity; we have enough room to be eclectic, and we plan on using it. So while most magazines suggest reading their back issues to get a sense of what they like to publish, we’d suggest reading to get a sense of what we’re having trouble finding—if you notice a style or subject matter that we don’t seem to be publishing, send us that!

Rattle publishes about 300 poems each year, and almost all of them come from unsolicited submissions. Your submissions keep us going, and we always appreciate them.

Required Information

Please include this information with each submission:

Name, Mailing Address, Phone Number, Email address

If submitting electronically, use the appropriate fields when you upload your file on Submittable, but avoid including your name or contact information anywhere within the file itself. If submitting by mail, only include your name and contact information in the cover letter, not above the poems. We ignore the poet’s name while reading submissions to be as fair as possible, and this makes it easier.

In addition, please send a short contributor note for the author. Your note should tell us who you are and why you love poetry. Our notes section is something that makes issues of Rattle unique, and many say it’s as fun to read as the poetry itself. Contributor notes should be in the first person, and follow the format of this sample:

Erik Campbell: “One afternoon in the summer of 1994 I was driving to work and I heard Garrison Keillor read Stephen Dunn’s poem ‘Tenderness’ on The Writer’s Almanac. After he finished the poem I pulled my car over and sat for some time. I had to. That is why I write poems. I want to make somebody else late for work.” (email address, web address, or Twitter handle goes here at the end if you’d like it included)

Notes in this form are only needed upon acceptance—it doesn’t have to be included with each submission, though we would enjoy it.

Please keep in mind that submitting to Rattle implies an interest in the magazine, and anyone who submits will be added to our mailing list to receive occasional updates on new issues, events, and calls for submissions. We never buy, sell, trade, or share your information with anyone. View our Privacy Policy for more information. You may opt out of our mailing list at any time, in writing or with an email to:

Payment

Payment for print publication (from us to you in exchange for your work) is $200 and a complimentary one-year subscription to the magazine, including the issue in which your work appears. Contributors also may pre-order additional copies of their issue at our cost to produce. Payment for online-only work is $100.

Rights & Rules

All rights revert to the authors upon publication. To get technical, we require First Rights, meaning we want to be the first publisher to present the poems to the public. This means that we won’t consider poems that have been published in books, magazines, or newspapers, in print or online. We will, however, consider poems that have only been self-published to blogs, message boards, or social media accounts.

Though authors do retain all rights to their work, we post everything we publish on the back-issues section of the website after print publication, and so require Non-Exclusive Electronic Rights.

Response Time

Response times vary greatly, depending on volume and where we are in the production schedule, and can take anywhere from one to six months, and sometimes longer. Please do not query; we reply to every submission. You can check the status of electronic submissions any time by logging in to your account at Submittable.com.

Revisions

Please note that it is not possible to revise a poem while it’s being considered. If we decide we’d like to publish any of them, you will have an opportunity to revise author galleys at that time. Please proof-read your work carefully before you submit—but only for the sake of your own sanity. Typos happen; we don’t frivolously discard poems because of them.

Option #1: Submittable (preferred)

Submittable is so convenient for everyone, and the vast majority of submissions have been coming this way, so we’d much prefer if you submit online using this system, which allows you to track the submission and ensures that your poems will never get lost in the mail. If you are able to submit electronically, please use Submittable’s online submission manager:

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Option #2: Postal

We much prefer to receive submissions online, but not everyone has internet access (for example, those writing from prison), so this remains an option. Please use Submittable if at all possible. If you need to send your poems by post, don’t hesitate, but please note that poems cannot be returned, and we no longer reply to postal submissions unless to offer publication. There is no need to include a return envelope. Simply include your mailing address and phone number, and we will reach you if anything is accepted for possible publication.

Send the submission directly to our office:

Rattle
12411 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604

Via: Rattle.

Ongoing Submissions: Fourteen Poems

Payment: £25
Theme: Poetry
Note: LGBT+ poets

New queer poetry is in an exciting place, whether on social media, poetry reading groups or slam poetry live gigs.

We want to represent all thats thrilling about the new wave of LGBT+ poets. If you’re a poet, even if you’ve never been published before, we want to read your work.

Every issue we publish 14 of the best queer poems we’ve found, and we want to include you! We publish 4 times a year, but take submissions all year round.

To be considered, email up to 5 poems, preferably in a pdf format, with a small paragraph about yourself to [email protected].

We’re based in London, but you can be from anywhere. We particularly encourage Black and other POC queer writers to submit. We pay £25 for each poem published. Submission is free and you retain your copyright. We know how difficult it is to get published, so we’re happy for you to submit elsewhere simultaneously.

Via: Fourteen Poems.

Ongoing Submissions: Anathema

Payment: $100 (CAD) for fiction and non-fiction, $50 (CAD) for poetry.
Theme: Must have some speculative content, however slight. No restriction on genre.
Note: You must be a queer/two-spirit person of colour/Indigenous/Aboriginal* to submit

Who Can Submit?

You must be a queer/two-spirit person of colour/Indigenous/Aboriginal* to submit to Anathema.

 

Windows and Response Times

 

Anathema is open to unsolicited submissions year round.

Our first round response time is usually under 8 weeks; please query after 8 weeks if you haven’t heard from us.

 

Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Poetry

 

Fiction: 1,500-6,000 words (soft min/max, but please within that general range). Original fiction only, no reprints. Must have some speculative content, however slight. No restriction on genre.

Non-Fiction: 1,500-3,000 words (soft min/max, but please within that general range). Original content only, no reprints.

Poetry: Under 100 lines, any form — traditional, free, and/or experimental. (Prose poetry may exceed this stated limit). Original content only, no reprints. Must have some speculative content, however slight.

Simultaneous Submissions: Yes. Please do notify us if you sell your sub somewhere else so we can remove it from consideration.

Multiple Submissions: No for fiction/non-fiction. Yes for poetry (maximum two), included in same email.

Payment: $100 (CAD) for fiction and non-fiction, $50 (CAD) for poetry. Paid on publication. We pay primarily through PayPal, but will arrange other payment methods as necessary.

Rights: First Electronic Rights (Online and eBook). 4 Months exclusivity from date of publication, archiving unless requested to remove story/non-fiction by author. An exemption to the exclusivity period above is granted for reprinting of work in Year’s Best and other annuals and related volumes, author collections, and as otherwise agreed upon by both the publisher and the author.

 

Process and Queries (Fiction, Non-Fiction)

 

Submissions: Address your e-mails to anathemaspec [at] gmail [dot] com. Please use the Subject line “Submission: [Your Story Title]”. Please attach your manuscript file as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf only. We ask that you use Standard Manuscript Formatting when preparing your file. If you wish to pitch us on a non-fiction project instead of submitting a completed piece, please query as below.

Queries: Address your e-mails to anathemaspec [at] gmail [dot] com. If sending a general query, please use the Subject Line “Query: [Your Question]”. If querying about the status of a fiction/non-fiction/poetry submission, please use the Subject line “Query: [Your Submission Title]”. We try and keep all responses under eight weeks, but sometimes subs go into our spam, and sometimes our responses apparently get eaten by spam filters on the other end. So if we’re late sending you a response don’t hesitate to query.

Cover Letters: It’s easiest just to address us as either “Dear Editors” or “Dear Michael, Andrew, and Chinelo.” Please include your name and the pronouns you’d like us to refer to you by, the length of your story (word count), and a note on how you self-identify for inclusion in Anathema. Full bio and/or publication history (if any, and you don’t need to be published already to submit anything to us) are optional.

 

Cover Art

 

Format: Portfolio previews/links thereto preferred, rather than single piece submissions.

Original/Reprint: We are open to both original and reprint art for use as cover art for our issues. We consider it fairer to purchase reprint art given our pay rate, but are always happy to consider original art if you’re comfortable with that rate.

Payment: $200 (CAD) for cover art, paid at time of purchase of use. We pay primarily through PayPal, but will arrange other payment methods as necessary.

Rights: Electronic Rights (Online and eBook).

 

Process and Queries (Cover Art)

 

Submissions: Address your e-mails to anathemaspec [at] gmail [dot] com. Please use the Subject line “Submission: [Cover Art], [Your Name]”. If including images in your submission please use thumbnails with links to larger work or portfolios.

Queries: If you need to query about cover art for any reason and are not submitting art for consideration, please use the Subject line “Query: [Re Cover Art – Your Question]”.

Cover Letters: It’s easiest just to address us as either “Dear Editors” or “Dear Michael, Andrew, and Chinelo.” Please include your name and the pronouns you’d like us to refer to you by, and a note on how you self-identify for inclusion in Anathema. You do not need to have sold any of your art previously in order to submit work for consideration.

 

General Notes

 

* We’re using the above phrasing for brevity’s sake, but we’re open to submissions from people anywhere along the LGBT/LGBTQ/LGBTQIA2 spectrum (including Two Spirit, pan, poly, ace, aro, nonbinary, genderfluid, genderqueer, and other queer orientations not covered here) who are also people of colour, biracial, multiracial, Indigenous, Aboriginal, or otherwise non-white.

We are open to international submissions, and are especially interested in submissions from all marginalized groups. As long as you fall under the broad spectrum of our mandate we want to see your work, so please don’t self-reject.

All of our content is free to read online. In order to support the magazine we sell eBooks of each issue individually and sell subscriptions.

We are open to any form of genre or speculative content. We talk about what we do as “SF/F/H, the weird, slipstream, surrealism, fabulism, and more,” elsewhere on the site. But we are not limited to those genres. Use them as a starting point and send whatever you want: as long as it’s got some kind of speculative content we’ll consider it. And we are also interested in seeing work that has been difficult to place because of content or perspective.

We can only accept fiction, non-fiction, and poetry submissions in English at this time. Also, as we only accept original fiction and non-fiction, we apologize that we can’t consider work previously published in another language and submitted in English translation.

If you have a question not covered anywhere here, please do not hesitate to query us at the e-mail address above.

Via: Anathema.

Ongoing Submissions: Breath & Shadow

Payment: $20 for poetry, $30 for fiction, and $30 for nonfiction.
Theme: All forms of genre
Note: This is a market only for those with a disability

We are always looking for submissions. Please read our guidelines thoroughly.

Breath & Shadow only accepts work from people with disabilities. We use the term “disability” broadly to encompass anyone with a physical, mental, emotional, cognitive, or sensory impairment that significantly affects one or more major life functions. We accept writing from people of all ages. If a writer is under 21 years old, we suggest you include your age in your cover letter so we can judge your work accordingly. In some cases, editing/revising assistance may be offered to younger writers.

We know that friends, family members, and care providers of people with disabilities also have important things to say about their experience of disability. However, Breath & Shadow is a forum for people with disabilities to speak for ourselves. We hope that our allies will support this endeavor.

  • Breath & Shadow accepts writing on any topic for poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and drama; these pieces do not have to be “about” disability. However nonfiction, academic, and similar articles (profiles, interviews, opinion pieces) do have to relate to disability in some way.

  • We accept all forms of poetry, with a limit of 3 poems per submission. In addition to written work, poets may also submit audio/video links to performances of their work. Youtube and Soundcloud are preferred services, although we are open to other sources.

  • All forms/genres of fiction are accepted, with a maximum of 3000 words. Book excerpts are considered, but they should stand on their own.

  • Any subject matter or style of creative nonfiction is accepted. We strongly prefer pieces under 3000 words, although on occasion we will consider longer, exceptional works.

  •  The nonfiction category is wide open, with a maximum of 3000 words. We especially seek interviews with people involved with the disability movement (artists, writers, leaders, activists); reviews of books, performances, movies, etc. as they relate to disability; insightful commentary on trends or issues facing the disability community. If you have an idea for a nonfiction article, we encourage you to query us before you write it.

  • Any topic or style of drama is accepted. One person shows, excerpts, or performance art is also accepted, with a maximum of 3000 words.

  • Keep in mind our name and focus: Breath and Shadow. We’re particularly seeking work that speaks to living, beingness, inspiration, imagination, spirit, expiration, endings, movement of time, shadow sides, hiddenness, mystery, darkness, and casting new light on your subject.

  •  We are not interested in inspirational stories of people overcoming their disability, or simply coming to terms with it. We are not looking for stories with a moral. We tend to shy away from sing-songy rhyming ‘Hallmark card’ type poems. Same goes for medical articles, stories about cures or miracle treatments, or religious agendas.

The following must be included in your submission email: Your complete contact information, a brief third person biography, and an indication of your disabilities.

The subject line of your email should include your name, the category of your submission, and the title: “Jane Smith, Fiction, Rejection Issues”. For poetry, indicate the number of poems (Maximum 3).

We encourage submission of original work, although we will consider previously published work. When submitting, please indicate where/when the piece was previously published.

Send all submissions and questions to [email protected]!

Compensation

Payment is upon publication. The pay scale is $20 for poetry, $30 for fiction, and $30 for nonfiction. In the future, as the journal grows, we hope to be able to pay more.

In addition to publication and payment, Breath & Shadow will post links to contributors’ work on other sites and to their Web site or e-mail address.

Via: Ability Maine.

Ongoing Submissions: The Asylum Diaries: Autopsy

Payment: Fiction – $15 AUD, Poetry $5 AUD
Theme: Body horror

Submissions are always open. 

We are looking for short fiction, long fiction, and poems for our body horror zine!

Body horror. Blood. Gore. We want Clive Barker, David Cronenberg, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, H.P. Lovecraft. We want Re-Animator, Horns, Cronos, Tusk. We want fixations of the flesh, mutations and metamorphosis, we want futuristic hideous deformities. We want to know what it means to be human, what it means to occupy a body, what it means to have a soul.

We want to know your animalistic desires, your hedonistic fantasies, your bloody fixations. Give us your gore. Give us your own flesh and blood. Give us your pain, your sorrow. But above all, give us your best.

Scare us. Make us feel uncomfortable. Make us question the skin we live in. And remember – write to impress our body horror specialist editor, Claire Fitzpatrick.

Word count:
Short fiction – Up to 2,500 words
Long fiction – From 2,500 – 7,500 words
Poems – No line restrictions

Payment (AUD):

Short fiction and long fiction –  $15

Poems – $5

Submissions generally open all year round, unless closed.  Email: [email protected]

Via: Oscillate Wildly Press.