Written by S. Kalekar July 23rd, 2018

15 Markets for Poets

These are markets for a variety of poetry, including literary, children’s, and speculative poems, and also translations. Most of these accept other genres also, like fiction and creative nonfiction. Several of these markets pay poets, from token to pro rates. Most of these are open for submissions.

The Fiddlehead

They want writing in English or work that is translated into English from anywhere in the world in a variety of styles, including experimental genres. They usually publish fiction, nonfiction and poetry, reviews, and occasionally other creative work like excerpts from plays. Send up to six poems, or a long poem or long sequence. Pay is CAD60 per published page for creative work, and writers may submit once per calendar year per genre. Details here.

The Christian Science Monitor: The Home Forum

Apart from short personal essays, The Home Forum of this venerable magazine also accepts poetry. The poems here explore and celebrate life. They especially want poetry that has an international flavor or that offers some global or cultural insights. They do not want poetry about people in helpless or hopeless states, or about death, aging, and illness, or anything dark, violent, sensual or overtly religious. They say that short poems are more likely to be accepted than poems that are more than 18 lines long. Submit up to five poems. Pay rates are unspecified. Details here.

The Cincinnati Review

The publication has reading periods for the print publication for poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama and translations. However, poetry and prose submissions for miCRo, their weekly online feature are open year-round – for this feature, they accept up to three short works, and poems of 32 lines or fewer. Pay is a digital copy of the journal for work accepted in miCRo, and for the print journal, $30/page for poetry and $25/page for prose. Details here.

Folded Word

They publish fiction, poetry, literary essays, travel narratives, translation and novelettes in verse / flash, once a week. They publish many genres and themes, but are especially interested in works related to their mission: Exploring the world, one voice at a time. This mission applies to cultural, geographical, temporal, and ecological definitions of “world.” Poems should be 25 lines or fewer. They also accept cross-genre work. Pay is $5 per work accepted. Details here.


This Australian literary magazine publishes progressive fiction, nonfiction and poetry. The magazine “gives a voice to the experiences that are excluded from mainstream media and publishing outlets.” They also say, the magazine has been “part of an ongoing attempt to document lesser-known stories and histories, dissect media hysteria and dishonesty, debunk the populist hype of politicians, give a voice to those whose stories are otherwise marginalised, misrepresented or ignored, and point public debate in alternative directions.” They publish work by emerging, politically engaged poets, printing their work alongside more established Australian and international progressive contemporaries. Submit up to three poems a quarter. They prioritise work by their subscribers. For the print magazine, they pay AUD500 for fiction and essays, and AUD150 per poem; for the online magazine, articles fetch AUD120. Details here.

Glass Mountain and Shards

Any undergraduate or emerging artist (who has not attended, graduated from, or is currently enrolled in, an MFA or creative writing Ph.D program) can submit work to Glass Mountain and Shards (the online magazine). They publish fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. While they accept all styles of poetry, they usually publish contemporary poetry that is lyric-based with narrative tendency, and avoid rhymed, romanticized poetry. Submit up to five poems. They do not allow simultaneous submissions between Shards and Glass Mountain. Details here.

Chicken Soup for the Soul

Apart from personal anecdotes, they also publish poetry based on their themed books. They like poems that tell your (true) story, and which do the same job as a story – the reader goes away having learned your story through poetry, instead of prose. They do not publish poems that focus overly on rhyming, or read more like greeting cards. Pay is $200 and contributor copies. Details here, and their upcoming themes are here.

U.S. Kids Magazines: Humpty Dumpty

This magazine, for children aged 2-6, publishes fiction, build-a-book (mini-stories), poetry and crafts. Poetry should be 4-12 lines, and should keep the audience age in mind. Pay is $25 and up for poems, $30 and up for fiction, and $40 and up for crafts. Also see fiction and nonfiction submissions for their Jack and Jill magazine, which is for older children. Details here.

Guardian Angel Kids

This is a children’s magazine that publishes short fiction, articles/activities and poetry. Poems must be well written with no forced rhyme. They are also ok with first-person, present-tense poems. They list themes and deadlines for their various issues on the site. Send up to two submissions per issue. They also accept submissions from poets aged up to 14 years. Pay is $0.03/word for prose, and $10 for poems. Details here.

Strange Horizons

This is a market for literary, SF/F, speculative and slipstream poetry, fiction and nonfiction. They want “modern, exciting poems that explore the possible and impossible: stories about human and nonhuman experiences, dreams and reality, past and future, the here-and-now and otherwhere-and-elsewhen.” They say they do not see enough innovative science fiction or formal poetry. They are also open to confessional and hypertext poems. Send up to six poems. Pay is $40 for poetry and $0.08/word for fiction; rates vary for nonfiction. Details here and here.


This is a quarterly magazine of speculative fiction and poetry in translation, published by Strange Horizons. They publish newly-translated poems, accompanied by the original-language version. Pay is $40 each for the poet and translator, $40 each for the nonfiction writer and translator, and $0.06/word for fiction each, for the writer and translator. Details here.

The Yale Review

They publish fiction, nonfiction and poetry and have no formal writers’ guidelines; the editors ask writers to acquaint themselves with the magazine, to familiarise themselves with the kind of writing they publish. Past contributors have included W. H. Auden, Julian Barnes and Joyce Carol Oates. Submissions must be mailed. Details here.

Arc Poetry Magazine

This Canadian magazine publishes poetry and poetry-related articles, interviews and reviews. Send up to three poems on any subject, and in any form. For poetry-related prose, send pitches. Pay is CAD50/page. Details here.

Carve Magazine

This print and digital fiction and poetry magazine accepts submissions year-round. They seek poetry that is both quiet and expansive, which elicits an authentic emotional connection, and where every word adds purposefully to the voice, sound and imagery. Send up to three poems. They pay $25 for poetry, $100 for fiction, and offer feedback for some submissions. They accept mailed submissions free, though their electronic submissions are charged. Details here.

Poetry London

This is one of UK’s leading poetry magazines and publishes new and unpublished poets alongside acclaimed ones. They say that on average, a third of their poetry pages are given to poets who have yet to publish their first collection. They also publish poetry in translation. They accept mailed submissions only. Details here.


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