Best 10 Places To Submit Poetry For Publication

It can be challenging to find a good place to publish your poetry. This list is a good place to start.

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There are thousands of literary magazines and journals, and looking at them all is overwhelming. Not all of them accept poetry, but most do, which leaves so many options for publishing poetry. Deciding which one to submit to is a challenge — depending on the genre, whether they accept new writers, submission dates, and so much more. This list includes some places that are great to start with!


'Rattle' poetry magazine 83rd issue cover with colorful birds sitting on tree branches.

Their main goals are to promote poetry and encourage people to write more, regardless of occupation, lifestyle, etc. They publish poems in March, June, September, and December, and they accept poems from new and published poets. Unlike many magazines, the vast majority of their poems are unsolicited, giving new writers a better chance of their work getting published. They don’t have a specific type of poem they look for, so long as it makes them feel something. Check out their general submission guidelines here.

3Elements Literary Review

'3Elements Literary Review' 41st issue cover showing a person wearing a blindfold.

This magazine asks writers to use three elements they choose to write a story or poem — this time, it’s “wedding dress,” “anchorage,” and “crowd.” It started as a way to beat writer’s block, and now this is an established magazine that publishes four issues a year, in February, May, August, and November. They accept both new and published writers, and they enjoy seeing the fun and creative ways people incorporate the elements in their submissions. Check out their submission guidelines here.

The American Poetry Review

'The American Poetry Review' volume 53, second issue cover showing Catherine Barnett

This magazine started in 1972, and it has published works by thousands of writers since its inception. Their goal is to not only reach a global audience with diverse poetry but also get more people interested in reading and writing poetry. They also hold contests such as the one for their Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets, where the winner gets their poem on the front page of the September/October magazine as well as $1,000. Check out their general submission guidelines here.

Arc Poetry Magazine

'Arc Poetry Magazine' 103rd issue showing abstract blue and brownish orange shapes.

Founded in 1978, this magazine admires brave poets who take chances, writing poetry that is more on the unusual side. To use their words, they want poetry that’s woozy, cunning, shearing, and wildlike. Poets can submit up to three poems once every calendar year, from April to July or September to December. They also hold contests throughout the year that writers can submit to at any time. Check out their general submission guidelines here.

Beloit Poetry Journal

'Beloit Poetry Journal' volume 75, first issue cover showing a colorful quilt pattern.

This journal strives to share fresh and new works that push the boundaries of what people think poetry is. They accept all kinds of poems, including ones that are long, challenging, ruthlessly honest, and more. They publish two issues a year, in spring and in winter. They only accept submissions in January and July and close their submissions after the first 800 entries. Check out their submission guidelines here.

Yellow Arrow Publishing

'Yellow Arrow Publishing' volume eight, issue two cover showing a volcano, rainbow, and water.

This journal only accepts submissions from those who identify as women, so it’s a little more specific. They hope that by uplifting women’s voices, both literary norms and society can change. Both new and published writers are accepted, so long as they fit the previously mentioned criteria. They publish issues in the spring and fall and only accept submissions in February and August. Check out their submission guidelines here.


'Epoch' volume 71, first issue showing a man lying on a couch and watching TV with a dog.

Started in 1947, this magazine is edited by Cornell University’s MFA Creative Writing program’s students and faculty. But they have still published many well-known writers before, such as Leslie Scalapino and Annie Dillard. The magazine also has a blog where they do interviews with editors among other things, which is worth checking out. They only accept submissions in January and August, and they publish issues in February and September. Check out their submission guidelines here.

The Kenyon Review

'The Kenyon Review' volume 46, first issue cover showing a pink, white, and black block pattern.

Since 1939, The Kenyon Review has been one of the biggest literary magazines in the English-speaking world. Right now, they’re only accepting works during September following their three themed selections: writing from rural spaces, literary curiosities, and extinction. All three must be included in the submissions. Check out their submission guidelines here.


'Conduit' 33rd issue with clocks against a blue background.

This biannual journal publishes poetry that is “direct, playful, inventive, irreverent, and darkly beautiful.” They value all kinds of poetry from the weird to the beautiful, and they are always interested in hearing new voices. They also have two poetry contests: the Marystina Santiestevan First Book Poetry Prize and the Minds on Fire Open Book Prize. They do require 48-90 pages, so it’s not an easy one, but it can help get your poetry published! Check out their general submission guidelines here.

Poet Lore

'Poet Lore' issue 118 with a purple and white horizontal striped pattern.

This journal, founded in 1889, is the U.S.’s oldest poetry journal. All kinds of poems, such as long poems, contemporary poems, and experimental forms, are accepted here. They publish twice a year, in spring and summer and in fall and winter. They have general submission dates from April to May and then again from October to November. Check out their general submission guidelines here.

The world needs more poetry, so if you’re a poet, make sure to start submitting and getting your work out there! Some of these journals may not currently be open for submissions, but some are! Not to mention, there are thousands of other poetry magazines and journals. So, what are you waiting for?

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