With new technology comes endless possibilities for poetry writers—including getting published online. Wherever you’re at in your poetry journey, there are loads of places to submit poetry online.
Most websites seem to promise the world, but it can be hard to know which sites are legitimate for online poetry submissions. That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you, with our roundup of the best places to submit poetry online.
The #1 Best Place to Submit Poetry Online
Palette Poetry is the best place to submit poetry online because it has options for everyone. For published writers seeking to highlight their already published work, Palette Poetry offers a “Previously Published Poem Prize”: first place is a whopping ~$2500 cash prize, plus publication; second place is a ~$300 cash prize, plus publication; and third place is a ~$200 cash prize, plus publication.
For experienced, unpublished writers, Palette regularly features poems online, and for those who are able to become “partner poets,” there is a ~$50 to $150 payment per poem. On the flip side, Palette also hosts a “Community Feedback Monthly Editorial” which gives new and experienced writers an opportunity to engage with—and get get extremely valuable feedback from—other poets.
In sum, whatever stage you’re at with your poetry writing, Palette Poetry is the single best place to submit poetry online.
Other Good Options for Online Poetry Submissions
Beyond Palette, also look at these options to submit your work:
Poetry magazines accepting online submissions
Poetry Magazine strives to make poetry more visible and accessible within our culture. As with most magazines, they only accept original pieces of work that haven’t been previously published (on paper or online). Poetry Magazine is one of the few poetry magazines that pay if your work is selected for publication. You’ll be paid $10 per line (minimum payment of $300) for your accepted poetry magazine submissions, or $150 per page of prose.
The New Yorker is one of the most well-known and influential magazines in the world, known for its in-depth reporting, real-life commentary, and of course, poetry. They’re always accepting poetry submissions to be featured, although—fair notice—it’s also one of the most competitive publications imaginable.
The American Poetry Review strives to reach a global audience and introduce more people to contemporary poetry. It’s been in publication since 1972, and has published over 5,000 writers worldwide. Like many poetry magazines accepting submissions, it carries a cost for submission: $3 USD.
Online poetry journals
Many online poetry magazines accept online submissions, but Thrush Poetry Journal is perfect for those whose style is eclectic. The poetry magazine aims to respond to submissions within 10 days of receipt, and when possible, will provide feedback on the submissions—though no payment for accepted submissions.
On the bright side, Thrush is always accepting poetry submissions, and there’s the chance that your work will be nominated for one of their prestigious awards, such as the Pushcart Prize or Thrush’s Best New Poet.
The American Scholar is a publication well-known for its business, science, and current issues commentary, but they also accept poetry submissions, which are usually published in the “Web Only” edition of the magazine. The American Scholar is tough competition, but is also one of the poetry magazines that pay. “Web Only” submission pay-outs can be as high as around $250.
Poetry book publishers accepting submissions in 2019-2020
Pegasus Publishers has around 20 years’ experience publishing over 2,000 titles and sold books in 33 countries worldwide. They publish a wide range of books—from memoirs, to children’s stories, to poetry. Submissions are accepted through post, email, and of course, online. If you have a larger collection of poems and you’ve run out of poetry journals to submit to, then poetry book publishers are a great option to share your work with the world. If your collection is accepted, then payments are negotiated during the contract stage.
Austin Macauley Publishers is a relatively new publisher, but they are accepting poetry submissions from all writers, those with agents and those without agents; new and experienced writers. Similar to other publishers, the amount of money earned will depend on the negotiated contract once your submission has been accepted. Submissions are accepted through the post, email, and online.
Want to Improve Your Poetry Writing?
Wherever you’re at in your poetry writing journey, our upcoming online poetry writing courses and one-to-one coaching options can help.
Upcoming Poetry Writing Classes
Writing Mindfulness: Sensual World/Poetry Mind
with Marc Olmsted
April 22nd, 2020
A four week class, melding the language mind with the sensual: How to turn detailed observation into a poem. With Marc Olmsted.
Experiments in Genre: Finding Creative Inspiration by Messing Up the Rules
with Jonathan J.G. McClure
May 6th, 2020
Can you translate the movement of a dance into a poem? What happens when you write a story in the form of a multiple-choice quiz? Learn to take your work in rich and unexpected new directions by subverting and blending genre conventions.
From Journal To Poem Or Prose: The Chronology Of Mind
with Barbara Henning
May 6th, 2020
Gather material through writing and experimenting with journaling, researching and taking notes to develop into poems or prose works.
From Writing Circle to Finished Poem: Turn Raw Writing into Poetry
with Susan Vespoli
May 13th, 2020
Gather together in a virtual writing circle, hit the mute button on your internal editor, and uncover inspiration to shape into poetry.
Good Luck with Your Online Poetry Submissions!
It’s never been easier to get your poetry published. Technology, and the onset of online publications, have truly opened up the world of publishing to everyone. Although there are countless numbers of places to submit poetry online, we hopefully have made your search easier.
If there has ever been a time to share your work, it’s now, with lots of online poetry journals accepting online submissions and poetry book publishers accepting submissions for 2019 and 2020. Wishing you the very best of luck with your submissions!