National Poetry Month: Open Markets!

Happy National Poetry Month! To help celebrate, I put together a list of paying poetry markets that you can find below. Make sure to always read the guidelines carefully as some issues are seeking pieces about certain themes and have specific rules — and also read the issues and zines before submitting so you can understand what the editors are looking for!

Also, ICYMI, the absolutely wonderful Ladies of Horror Fiction hosted a guest post of mine on their website where I talked about poetry, what April means to me, some inspiring women in poetry, and I created a list of poetry prompts. Check it out!

Genre: (Horror, Speculative Fiction, Fantasy, Myth, Fairytale)

Under Her Skin, a Black Spot Books Women in Horror Poetry Showcase –Deadline, May 31st –Deadline, May 31st

HWA Poetry Showcase (only open to HWA members of all levels) –Deadline, May 31st –Deadline, April 30th –Open the first and second day of every month (read guidelines for specific times and such) — Submissions will be accepted from Jan 1-Feb 1, April 1-May 1, July 1-Aug 1, Oct 1-Nov 1. (make sure to check the themes for each issue)

Brigids Gate — Seeking Greek myths from HER POV; deadline August 31st –Submissions window opens during very specific times, make sure to read the guidelines

Fantasy Magazine –typically opens the 1st-7th of each month

The Needle Drops –Temporarily closed but expected to open again before May1st (read here)

Black Telephone Magazine –Submissions open from June 1st – June 30th

Black Cat Magazine –A new zine, not to be confused with the well-known mystery magazine of the same name. Theme: Revolution; deadline May 3rd

Eye to the TelescopeEye to the Telescope 41, Indigenous Futurisms, will be edited by Tiffany Morris. “This call is intended for Indigenous writers worldwide.” Deadline June 15th

Sanitarium Magazine –Deadline May 30th

Literary: Arc has two reading periods: submissions received from April 1 to July 31 will be read for the Winter issue and submissions received from September 1 to December 31 will be read for the Summer issue –The theme for Summer 2021 Issue #8 is Rest & Recovery; Deadline May 15, 2021 –“The pub­li­ca­tion is com­prised of arti­cles, inter­views, per­son­al essays, fic­tion, poet­ry, pho­tog­ra­phy, and illus­tra­tions that, togeth­er, high­light the breadth and diver­si­ty of Jew­ish books today.” For poetry, deadline is April 30th –Deadline April 30th “Green Bottle Press is looking for work by poets who write in English and who have not yet published a pamphlet or full collection, though we occasionally consider new work by more established poets.” — “We are a Canadian magazine and we want to publish Canadian voices, but don’t be shy if you aren’t Canadian. We love sharing international writers with our readers too.” Free submissions end on April 14th — “Submissions to Scum are open the first week (from the 1st to the 7th) of every month. The rest of the month, submissions are closed.”

Night Coffee Lit –No deadline listed, submissions open now

NECTAR — “Writers will receive a $10 reward for publication, or they may elect to donate their winnings to select charities, in which case NECTAR will DOUBLE the contribution!” –Deadline May 31st

Brink LiteraryBrink has two reading periods: February 1 – April 30 and July 1 – September 30. 

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