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!
The HWA Poetry Showcase — This is only open to HWA members at any level. Angela Yuriko Smith will be the editor for the volume. This year’s judges, along with Angela, will include Lee Murray and Maxwell I. Gold.
*Payment: The HWA will pay contributors a one-time fee of $10.00 (ten USD). Contributors will also receive a paperback copy of the volume.
*Submissions will close May 31 at 11:59PM Pacific.
Eye to the Telescope — the current theme for issue 45 is Veterans of Alien Wars, which will be edited by Deborah L. Davitt.
*Deadline: June 15. The issue will appear on July 15, 2022.
*US 3¢/word rounded up to nearest dollar; minimum US $3, maximum $25
The Threepenny Review — literary and review magazine
*$200 per poem or Table Talk piece
Anathema — Guidelines: “You must be both queer/two-spirit and a person of colour/Indigenous/Aboriginal* to submit to Anathema.“
Payment: $150 (CAD) for fiction, $75 (CAD) for poetry
*Payment is $12 on acceptance + 1 contributor’s copy
Strange Horizons: “The submission window for the SEA Special Issue will run from 28th February to 30th of April. As Southeast Asia is technically in the future for the rest of the world, the window will close at 5pm Eastern Standard Time.”
*pay rate for new poetry is $50 (U.S.) per poem
FIYAH: “FIYAH is a quarterly speculative fiction magazine that features stories by and about Black people of the African Diaspora. This definition is globally inclusive (Black anywhere in the world) and also applies to mixed/biracial and Afro-appended people regardless of gender identity or orientation.”
July 2022: Food and Cuisine – Submission Window Open March 1st – April 30th, 2022
Poetry: $50 USD
The Sun: “We publish personal essays, fiction, and poetry. Personal stories that touch on political and cultural issues are welcome.”
Poetry payment — $100 to $250
*$1 a line for poetry, which should not exceed 40 lines.
Jellyfish Review: “In March and April, 2022, we are looking for Memorable Characters. All accepted work will be paid a $25 honorarium… and our very favourite Memorable Character piece will get $100! Wooh!”
*Looking for prose poetry, no line break poetry