Find the perfect editor for your next book

Over 500,000 authors trust the professionals on Reedsy, come meet them.

Reedsy Professionals

Blog > Understanding Publishing – Posted on May 25, 2020

Poetry Submissions: Top Places To Submit Your Poems in 2020

Composing compelling poetry requires writers to dig deep and unlock their knack for creative expression. It’s not an easy task, and while your ultimate goal might be to see your poems on the pages of literary magazines, the thought of getting the submission process going — and putting your poetry in the way of potential rejection — might feel a little daunting. But we’re here to make the task of poetry submissions a more enjoyable task by narrowing down some of our favorites magazines and periodicals.

Before you get started, don’t forget to bookmark some of our other poetry resources so that you can circle back to them afterward, such as our posts on how to write a poem and how to publish a poem, as well as our guides on how to make a chapbook and on finding the right poetry editor for you.

32 Poems

About: “As a rule, we publish shorter poems that fit on a single page (about 32 lines), though we sometimes make exceptions to accommodate remarkable work that runs a little longer. Please send no more than five poems (in a single document, if submitting online) and no more than one active submission at a time.”
Deadline: Ongoing
Compensation: $25 per poem
Submission Guidelines

The American Poetry Review

About: “The American Poetry Review is dedicated to reaching a worldwide audience with a diverse array of the best contemporary poetry and literary prose. APR also aims to expand the audience interested in poetry and literature, and to provide authors, especially poets, with a far-reaching forum in which to present their work.”
Deadline: Ongoing
Compensation: Payment for unsolicited submissions is not specified
Submission Guidelines

Arc Poetry Magazine

About: “Arc accepts unso­licited sub­mis­sions of pre­vi­ously unpub­lished poetry in English, or translations of poetry into English, on any sub­ject and in any form.”
Deadline: Jun 1st - September 30th (for Winter issue), October 1 - January 31st (for Summer issue)
Compensation: $50 per page
Submission Guidelines

Believer Mag

About: “The Believer, a five-time National Magazine Award finalist, is a bimonthly literature, arts, and culture magazine based at the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute, a department of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.”
Deadline: Ongoing
Compensation: Payment for unsolicited submissions is not specified
Submission Guidelines

Beloit Poetry Journal

About: “We are open to a wide range of forms and styles in contemporary poetry. We are always watching for new poets, quickened language, and work that offers a fresh purchase on the political or social landscape.”
Deadline: June 1st - August 31st
Compensation: Payment for unsolicited submissions is not specified
Submission Guidelines

The Common

About: “We seek stories, essays, poems, and dispatches that embody a strong sense of place: pieces in which the setting is crucial to character, narrative, mood, and language. We receive many submissions about traveling in foreign countries and discourage writers from submitting conventional travelogues in which narrators report on experiences abroad without reflecting on larger themes.”
Deadline: March 1st - June 1st, September 1st - December 1st
Compensation: $20 per poem
Submission Guidelines

Crazyhorse

About: “Crazyhorse aims to publish work that reflects the multiple poetries of the twenty-first century. While our taste represents a wide range of aesthetics, from poets at all stages of their writing careers, we read with a discerning eye for poems that demonstrate a rhetorical and formal intelligence—that is, poems that know why they are written in the manner that they are.”
Deadline: September 1 - December 31, and February 1 - May 31
Compensation: Payment for unsolicited submissions is not specified
Submission Guidelines

Give your poetry the polish it deserves

Reedsy's poetry editors are ready to help you tighten your verse. Come meet them today.

Learn how Reedsy can help you craft a beautiful book.

Epoch

About: “EPOCH magazine publishes fiction, poetry, essays, cartoons, screenplays, graphic art, and graphic fiction. In continuous publication since 1947, the magazine is edited by faculty in the Department of English Program in Creative Writing at Cornell University. We consider poetry in all forms, including the long poem.”
Deadline: September 15th - November 15th
Compensation: $50 per poem
Submission Guidelines

The Kenyon Review

About: “Building on a tradition of excellence dating back to 1939, the Kenyon Review has evolved from a distinguished literary magazine to a pre-eminent arts organization. Today, KR is devoted to nurturing, publishing, and celebrating the best in contemporary writing. We’re expanding the community of diverse readers and writers, across the globe, at every stage of their lives.”
Deadline: September 15th - November 1st
Compensation: Payment for unsolicited submissions is not specified
Submission Guidelines

The Nation

About: “The Nation welcomes unsolicited poetry submissions. You may send up to three poems at a time, but no more than 6 poems a year. No simultaneous submissions, or previously published works, please. Submissions are not accepted from June 1 to September 15.”
Deadline: June 1st - September 15th
Compensation: Payment for unsolicited submissions is not specified
Submission Guidelines

The New England Review

About: “We welcome and encourage poetry submissions from writers of every nationality, race, religion, and gender, including writers who have never been affiliated with an MFA program and whose perspectives are often underrepresented in the literary world.”
Deadline: March 1 - May 31
Compensation: $20 per page
Submission Guidelines

The New Yorker

About: “Send up to six poems per submission, but please do not submit more than twice in twelve months. We do not consider work that has appeared elsewhere (this includes all Web sites and personal blogs). We are interested in translations of poems that have never been published in English.”
Deadline: Ongoing
Compensation: Payment for unsolicited submissions is not specified
Submission Guidelines

The Paris Review

About: “Send up to six poems per submission, but please do not submit more than twice in twelve months. We do not consider work that has appeared elsewhere (this includes all Web sites and personal blogs). We are interested in translations of poems that have never been published in English.”
Deadline: Ongoing
Compensation: Payment for unsolicited submissions is not specified
Submission Guidelines

Poetry Magazine

About: “We examine all work received and accept that which seems best. We consider original works written in the English language as well as translations of poetry into English. We regret that the volume of submissions received and the small size of our staff do not permit us to give individual criticism.”
Deadline: Ongoing
Compensation: $10 per line
Submission Guidelines

Prairie Schooner

About: “Prairie Schooner publishes short stories, poems, imaginative essays of general interest, and reviews of current books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. For poetry, send a selection of 5-7 poems contained within a single document.”
Deadline: September 1 - May 1
Compensation: Payment for unsolicited submissions is not specified
Submission Guidelines

Rattle

About: “ 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.”
Deadline: Ongoing
Compensation: $100 per poem
Submission Guidelines

*Note: Rattle also runs a prestigious chapbook contest.

The Rumpus

About: “We strive to be a platform for marginalized voices and writing that might not find a home elsewhere, and to lift up new voices alongside those of more established writers we love. We work to shine a light on stories that build bridges, tear down walls, and speak truth to power.”
Deadline: January 15 - 31, and July 15 - 31
Compensation: Read about The Rumpus’ compensation policy here
Submission Guidelines

The Southern Review

About: “The Southern Review strives to discover and promote a diverse array of engaging, relevant, and challenging literature—including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and translation from literary luminaries as well as the best established and emerging writers. The journal also features a broad range of visual artists from across the South and around the globe.”
Deadline: September 1 - January 1
Compensation: $50 for the first printed page and $25 for each subsequent printed page
Submission Guidelines

The Threepenny Review

About: “The Threepenny Review is an American literary magazine founded in 1980. It is published in Berkeley, California, by founding editor Wendy Lesser. Maintaining a quarterly schedule (March, June, September, December), it offers fiction, memoirs, poetry, essays, and criticism to a readership of 10,000.”
Deadline: January - June
Compensation: $200 per poem
Submission Guidelines

TriQuarterly

About: “We are especially interested in work that embraces the world and continues, however subtly, the ongoing global conversation about culture and society that TriQuarterly pursued from its beginning in 1964.”
Deadline: October - December, and March - May
Compensation: TriQuarterly pays honoraria for published work.
Submission Guidelines

Ready to start submitting? If you don't hear yesses across the board right off the bat, remember, Sylvia Plath and Gertrude Stein — and probably any great writer you can think of — both faced ample rejection before going on to become literary monoliths. And if you're looking for even more places to submit poetry, check out our directory of literary magazines. There are countless places waiting for your poetry submissions — you just need to know where to look 😊