There are three basic ways to get your poems published. Get your poetry published as individual poems in literary magazines—either print or e-zines. Get your poetry published as a poetry chapbook—a small collection of poems. Get your poetry published as a full-length collection of poems.
At Writer’s Relief we recommend starting with poetry-friendly literary magazines and working your way up. The chances of your getting a poem placed with a literary publication are greater—and success of any sort provides a much-needed boost to a fledgling writer’s ego. Once you’ve found success with individual poems, chapbooks and full-length manuscripts can be the next steps. And if you find yourself frustrated by the process, we’re always here to help you design an effective submission strategy. We want to see your poems published too.
The guidelines for getting poetry published are much the same as they are for publishing short stories. Here are some tricks and tips to help you publish your poems and increase your poetry acceptance rate from magazines.