Where can I Submit my PoetryHow can I submit my poems?
Top hints for submission - Young Poets Network
Whatever the support of your relatives and boyfriends - as much as Grandma likes your villa over the fall - finding a broader public for your poetry can be an excellent next move if you start taking your work seriously. However, researching how and where you work can be a mine field.
It' really is a poetry maze out there, with innumerable contests, journals, e-zines and open microphone evenings all calling for new spell. In order to help you overcome this difficult area, we have compiled a listing of our best advice for submission, as well as some frequent traps you should consider when looking for a poetry submission forum.
If something you have worked a lot and felt strong is ignored, it is perfectly natural that you should be feeling a little sour. You might grab a lead if it makes you feeling better. However, don't let that put you off - just keep in mind that writers and magistrates often read literary works of art by the hundred, sometimes by the thousand, in a brief period of the year.
Because they didn't choose your work this year doesn't mean someone else won't be next. Consider what you submit to. So the most natural piece of advise is to submit to a paper whose work you already know and love, not a weird e-zine you've dug up from the deep of the inter-enter.
Please make a brief listing of the places you want to see your work and begin working on the entries for them. Take a look at the written history of an aspiring writer you are admiring and see where he has previously written his works - this can also help you limit a fairly complete range of poetry publishing.
For example, if you are new to send your work, it is a good practice to first discover sites that especially welcome younger and previously unreleased authors (see our Poetry section for a full listing of these opportunities). Several of the largest and most prestigeous poetry journals and book reviewers will usually only approve works by authors with a proven record of success from earlier publications - if you don't have it yet, submitting it here is probably something you can work on rather than participate immediately.
When you submit to a journal or e-zine, you should at least review some of your previous editions first. If you get a sense of the kind of work the book profiles - if you're considering filing an epic balloon about what you had for breakfasts, a book that mainly focuses on haircuts, then you'll probably be overlooked by the writers.
Don't spend your own amount of effort and effort on submissions to a publication that doesn't seem like a "good fit" (a sentence often used by editors) for your work. Review the filing regulations. The majority of journals and contests will have clear instructions on what kind of information you need to provide, in what formats (Word documents, PDF or e-mail bodies) you can submit your poetry, how many poetry you can submit at a single go, and so on.
At Young Poets Network, for example, we have our own rules for participating in our poetry challenge. When reviewers and jurors have to go through piles of poetry entries, anyone who does not follow the most fundamental entry guidelines can go directly to the'no' piles.
When you send a cover Letter or a notice with your poetry, make sure you give the name of the publisher and/or publisher correctly! When you are rejected, it makes sense to ask (politely) for your comments on the work you have made. Most of the writers may not have the timeframe or skill to do so ( "and you shouldn't be insulted if they don't"), but some will be pleased to give you a short review that can help you refine your work.
When you are in a constant quest to recycle the same work to submit and resubmit, take a pause. Take a pause from these verses and try to take yourselves a moment to compose without thinking about where the verses will end. Don't forget how much effort submission can take - if it feels like you spend much more of your life getting your poetry recognized than you actually do, it may be good to take a little back.
Do not submit at the same one. That is the case if you are sending the same poem(s) to more than one release or contest in the same year. There are some regulations and directives that allow concurrent entries; the vast majority do not, as it does additional work when a poetry has to be taken out of the race because it was written successfully elsewhere.
It is our recommendation that it is best to prevent concurrent submission, no matter what the directives are. When you apply to poetry competitions: The Poetry Opportunities section of our website tries to only promote poetry contests where there is no (or very little) poetry submission fees - and this should certainly be the case for contests specifically designed for younger authors.
However, in most poetry contests over 18 years of age, a participation charge is levied, which is usually due to the expenses of organising the contest and awarding the prize to the winner. Altough there are often reductions when you submit multiple writings, the expense of thoroughly participating contests can actually be built if you are not wary.
When you are about to spend your earnings on an item, think twice about which poetry you are going to submit, what you are going to submit and what you want to do. It is best to submit only works that you really think you are safe in and that you have worked on thoroughly, rather than hurrying to submit a fistful of poetry that you are not quite sure about "just to have a shot at".
Consider what you expect from participating in a contest. You are obviously participating because you want to be a winner (right?!!) - but think about what the benefits of gaining could be for you. Publishing? Explore other ways you can reach these things through your poetry.
Sometimes a poetry written in a prestigious periodical or periodical can be as much or more valuable as a place in a contest. As an author, a good tracking-record from this release will certainly help you in the long run (and is probably more accessible than several competitive wins).
For contests that require the winner and recommended poet to be paid to receive a copy of the brochure or booklet of their winner, we advise you to avoid them. Hopefully you will find these hints useful - if you have your own tried and true suggestions, you are welcome to pass them on in the following memo.
For more information about contests and releases, please read our Poetry Opportunities section. You can find more tips on how to get your poetry into form by visiting Holly Hopkins at'How to modify your poem'. Did you publish a poetry or were you a success in a contest?