Ready to submit but wondering where? Wonder no more. We have five great suggestions for you—journals made with love that are friendly to emerging poets (several of them like fiction writers just as much). All the entries on our list have no required fees and are open to simultaneous submissions.
- Thrush Poetry – is looking for poems of up to one page with strong imagery, emotion, and with interesting use of language. They nominate for most major prizes, anthologies and awards; they try to respond to all submissions within 10 days of receipt, and they provide feedback on submissions whenever possible. We love these guys!
- Rust+Moth – is open for submissions year-round and publish poems online as they accept them. Four times a year they gather the poems published on their site into collections, which are made available in print as well as online. They pride themselves on their quick turnaround time (a rare and valuable quality in a lit mag) and they nominate for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.
- Dime Show Review – this journal also made our flash fiction list (they take short stories too). They publish online and in print and they nominate for the Pushcart Prize. If your poem is accepted, there’s a chance you may also be selected for audio publication—a cool perk.
- Mulberry Fork – is looking for prose poetry (so no line breaks) with fresh language and a sense of narrative (they also accept flash fiction & short stories). You can submit for free, but for an $8 donation they’ll try to get back to you within a week and will give you some feedback if your work is not accepted. [Update 5/2018: This journal is on what looks like a permanent hiatus, i.e. RIP Mulberry Fork. We’ll miss you.]
- Yes, Poetry – includes three poets per quarterly issue along with interviews with each poet. They also regularly publish poems between issues, including a series called #NotTrump. We say yes!