Poetry Writers and Publishers

Poetry writers are always interested in finding the right publishers for their poetry. As hopeless as it sometimes seems, there are small presses, magazines and book publishers who publish and promote poetry. It takes research on the part of you the writer, to search out the markets and discover the right publishers for your poetry.

As hopeless as it seems to get your poetry into print, poetry is thriving. Small presses are continually looking for new talent. Some even offer a respectable amount of money, from a few dollars a line to 30 dollars a poem. Small presses are in the business of discovery. Remember every poet was once unpublished. Every famous author was once unknown and many still have their first appearance to make. Who knows? You may be one of them.

As an author, you have to do the research and find your own publisher. Find out who publishes the kind of poetry you write. The poet has to search out his own market. The trick for a dedicated poetry writer is to find a venue that will pay for your work. Only a few poetry writers can solely make a living at writing poetry. Many writers are happy just to get their work published without monetary consideration. If pay is not of primary interest to you, go ahead and send your poetry to nonpaying small presses and magazines that you like.

Read poetry you like. Read poetry you don’t like. See what works and what doesn’t. See how the language is used. You should be a reader long before you are a writer of poetry. Read the magazines you are submitting to. That may sound like good common sense but many people don’t. Are they publishing work similar to yours? You have to be on the same wave length as the magazines you are submitting to.

Look closely at your poems and ask the same questions of your work that you ask of others poems. Ask, what works? What doesn’t? Then ask, Does my poem say what I wanted it to say? Is it understandable? Finely ask, What kind of people will enjoy my poem? Go to the library and read the poetry publications. Then make a list of book publishers that publish poems similar to yours. Now you know the markets to send your poetry for consideration.

New poets often think of their poetry as private. Don’t. If you plan to publish, pass your work around to be read by all and sundry. They are your public. You need to have their feed back. If you are published many people will read it so set your poetry free early on. Listen to your critics and edit until you make your poetry as perfect as you can get it. Walk away from it for awhile then edit it again.

Contact your intended markets and ask for guidelines. Most publishers will not even look at your work if you don’t follow their guidelines. Submit the number of poems requested in the guidelines. In a collection of poems, make sure the poems connect in some way. They need to have a relationship with one another to be a collection. Make sure they are readable, if you give overworked editors an excuse not to read your poems they will take it.

Poetry editors receive thousands of poems every month. They are very busy people. Make sure your poem is the best it can be before sending it in. Otherwise it may never be read.

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  1. Posted April 23, 2010 at 8:41 am

    This article is something all poets and intending poets should read, Ruby. Your last paragraph is so important, to make sure your poem is the best it can be before sending it away for publication.

  2. Posted April 23, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Well done.. It’s been my experience that poems having the best success are the ones I have no clue as to their meaning. lol.

  3. Posted April 23, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Very good advice, Ruby. I have tried a few outlets but to no avail so far. I need to do more research. An excellent article.


  4. Posted April 23, 2010 at 9:06 am

    very interesting write here Ruby. I do love to write poems for de-stressing, but never cross my mind to publish them. Triond is my first attempt. I am still practising how to write them. One stage I was so crazy, used poems to communicate to a friend without knowing this friend actually saved my poems and compiled them as a booklet and gave me as a gift few years ago. I was surprised, happy and shy as some with naughty contents. However, I have composed more poems over the years without showing to this friend, so that booklet was not an updated one..haha

  5. Posted April 23, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Great tips! In the 1990’s my daughter had a poem published. She entered a contest. She didn’t get any money for it, though.

  6. Posted April 23, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Thanks for the tips. I have to agree with what Ken said and the poetry that do seem to become published, is that of a meaning that is hard to understand. The best poetry in my opinion and where I am trying to get to!

  7. Posted April 23, 2010 at 9:13 am

    An interesting read for all writers worldwide.

  8. Posted April 23, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Brilliant Ruby, we all need a little encouraging word.

  9. Posted April 23, 2010 at 9:34 am

    great research Ruby, I know many will be helped by your words.

  10. Posted April 23, 2010 at 9:35 am

    This is not only good advice for poets but for all writers who are serious about seeing their work in print.

  11. Posted April 23, 2010 at 9:56 am

    thanks for ur information i am surprised that a poem can fetch as much as 30 dollars i have 2600 poems to my credit in all worth 27 dollars wow i must be sleeping its 27×100 cents=????

  12. Posted April 23, 2010 at 10:01 am

    I am currently working with IUniverse.com. If you are able to invest some money in your project, such online “self publishing” companies can provide you with an editorial evaluation, marketing tips and consultations to help you make your work the best it can be.

  13. Posted April 23, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    These are wondeful tips for poetry writers. They should all follow them. Thanks for sharing

  14. Posted April 23, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Very good read for someone who is in need of a genuinely good publishers. Also I agree that new comers must not hesitate to share their works with all. Thumbs up !!

  15. Posted April 23, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    These are very useful tips , thanks!

  16. Posted April 23, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    hi Ruby, been away for a little while as you know, but glad I stopped by today to read this article. absolutely spot on. And be receptive to critism. cheers & a good write Pete

  17. Posted April 23, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    I need to follow your advice here and get my act toghether…

  18. Posted April 23, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Sound advice here. Thank you!

  19. Posted April 23, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Thank you for the helpful advise. I will use it.

  20. Posted April 23, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    This could be applied to all writers as well, very good advice.

  21. Posted April 23, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Good article. I have had poems published in books but I never got paid for them. One can dream though…

  22. Posted April 23, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Some very good advice here, Ruby. Thank You.

  23. Posted April 23, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Very informative and well written. Thanks, Ruby.

  24. Posted April 23, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Thanks for these insights and tips, Ruby.

  25. Posted April 24, 2010 at 1:54 am

    Informative and some good tips to the budding poets.

  26. Posted April 24, 2010 at 4:22 am

    Great article! Very informative. I really loved the tips. Excellent job!


  27. Posted April 24, 2010 at 10:34 am

    It is so true that each poet has to do their own research to find a publisher. One will spend more time doing that than actually writing! Good Article!

  28. Posted April 24, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    great tips

  29. Posted April 24, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Interesting post with lost of fun and i know useful info. Thanks


  30. Posted April 24, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Nice you are very good. This is a very intelligent article and keep it up.

  31. Posted April 24, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    I love to read it…..but can’t write a lick of it.

  32. Posted April 24, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Good advice. I don’t think any of mine are good enough to be published in a book.

  33. Posted April 25, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Good Advice! And don’t send in something with coffee spilled all over it, either.

  34. Posted April 26, 2010 at 3:21 am

    Great information! Thank you for providing it.

  35. Posted April 26, 2010 at 4:32 am

    Nice informative article.

  36. Posted April 26, 2010 at 6:24 am

    Some very good advice for anyone wanting to try and publish poetry, thanks Ruby.

  37. Posted April 26, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Sounds like great advice for those going down that particular path.I haven’t given thought to it yet but may in the future maybe.
    Great useful article and well worth reading as well.

  38. Posted April 26, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Extremely helpful thanks for the share

  39. Posted April 26, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Good article with some sound advice Ruby, Thanks!

  40. Posted April 26, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    This is a very useful article. thank you for the tips.
    Some very good advice thanks again.

  41. Posted April 27, 2010 at 4:49 am

    good advice.

  42. Posted April 28, 2010 at 1:09 am

    Mostly what I already know about what to do to publish my work… Though I have to admit, this is really concise guide for all aspiring writers out there. Great write!!

  43. Posted April 28, 2010 at 6:35 am

    This article is really helpful for those poets who really need an extra income out of their writings just like me. So far this is one of the best article i read.

  44. Posted April 29, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Your article is nice one,very enthusiastic for those who love poetry.Thanks for sharing your tips.

  45. Posted April 29, 2010 at 2:05 am

    This is a very helpful piece :)

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