Thoughts on Poetry Publication
Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor's thoughts on how, why, and where
Submittable - keeping track and discovering
Frequently Asked Questions
ANS: No, you have to start somewhere. If you don't have publications, you can write a short bio that includes your name, employment, previous education--all in a brief narrative form. Read examples from other poets published in the journal. If this would be your first publication--say so! Some journals like to be the first to publish someone's work.
-How many poems do I submit at a time and can I submit the same poem to more than one journal?
ANS: journals will often specify on their submissions page if they accept one or more poems per submission (or pages). They will also usually say if "simultaneous submissions" are acceptable--usually they are. Using a tracking software like submittable.com can help you keep track of where your poems are submitted and when you need to inform another journal that a piece has been taken.
--Do you get paid to publish poetry?
ANS: rarely. Some of the top journals may pay you per page or per line or per published submission. Most journals do not pay and often charge the poet for the ability to submit work for consideration. It's a humbling art.
Ask me more questions and I will answer them! See this wonderful Q&A from the editor of Salmon Press--superb. https://salmonpoetry.com/advice-for-writers.php
How to find places to submit
Below I'll add links to other monthly deadline resources I've found useful. Always best if you can read the journal/press, fall in love with it, know some of the previously published poets.
Where do I submit articles about poetry (and education, research, etc.)
Teachers and Writers Magazine:
Intersections: Critical Issues in Education
For a near complete list of where I've published articles, see this website:
For where I have published poetry, also visit:
Some favorite journals:
An arts center in Guanajuato, Mexico waiting for poets to read their work.
Georgia Review Poetry Reading
Lucky Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor standing between two artists including singer Sarah Zúñiga and the great poet, Alberto Rios!
Poetry reading in Oaxaca's Lending Library
Featuring the Oaxacan poet, Guadalupe Angela, Oaxaca Mexico, bilingual Spanish-English reading