How To Get a Poem Published

It has always been said that poetry is the language of the soul. It is the most creative and concise ways to express your emotions and worldviews. It’s a form of expression that has a lot of fans all over the world. Poems can enrich your soul and make your heart soul and if you’re the type who likes to write poetry, nothing will make you feel better about yourself when you see people understand and relate to your poetry.

Getting your poem published nowadays isn’t as difficult as it was back in the day. During the advent of publishing, it took months before you knew if your poem was published. Between the time it took for mail to arrive to the time it took to publish the magazine, sometimes it took at least three months before you could see your poem on the page.

Not so these days. With the advent of the Internet and the proliferation of niche magazines there are a lot of venues and opportunities to publish your poem.

If you have the gift for words and rhythm, perhaps your poetry should be shared with the world. Here are a few ideas on how to get your poems published:

  • School publications. Ask local colleges, school newspapers or ezines if they allow open submissions. They may also give you advice regarding how to contribute to their published material.
  • Contests. A lot of publishers and local patrons that support the arts hold poetry contests. These contests have money prizes and are judged by famous poets of the age. It would be a great feather in your cap to win these contests as established poets judged and liked your work.
  • Magazines. Check out local magazines and see if they have submissions editors. A lot of magazines encourage their readers to send creative work like short stories, essays, op eds and poems to them to fill their pages. The publisher’s submission guidelines and submission policies should be printed somewhere in the magazine. They also include contact information and mailing addresses.
  • Online. Visit publisher’s online sites and check if they have submission policies regarding web submissions. Visit poetry appreciation sites because some poetry editors monitor those sites for new talents. You can also visit the website of your favorite poet and ask them how they got their poems published. Understand that any advice they give you may not be applicable to your situation.
  • Self-publishing. If you have enough money, you can go the self-publishing option. Some publishing houses will allow you to print your collected poems as long as you can pay their fees.
  • Collaborations. A lot of publishers come up with poetry compilations for poets who don’t have enough poems for a whole book. You can submit a few poems to the editors of these publishers for consideration.

W.B. Yeates, Keats, Oscar Wilde, Sylvia Plath, Pablo Neruda, Walt Whitman, Ted Kooser and Emily Dickenson. Great poets who have changed the world with their prose and rhythm. Will you be adding your name to that list of great poets?


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