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or if you would like to recommend another market for poetry. Thanks!
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Christian Science Monitor — Publication is owned by the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts. Contributor’s Guidelines are not easy to find; look here (https://www.csmonitor.com/About/Contributor-guidelines/Contributor-Guidelines-The-Home-Forum) for the poetry info. Wants upbeat, positive, hopeful verse. Strict line limit, and no more than 5 poems at a time. E-mail submissions via Word docs preferred.
Ploughshares at Emerson College — From their “About” page: Ploughshares has published quality literature since 1971. Best known for our award-winning Ploughshares literary journal, we also publish Ploughshares Solos—digital-first long stories and essays—and a lively literary blog. Since 1989, we have been based at Emerson College in downtown Boston. They have multiple ways to submit, with varying pay rates. Check their website for information.
Rattle — Publishes unsolicited poetry and translations of poetry. Submissions open year-round, and are always free. No previously published works; simultaneous submissions are encouraged. Just let them know if you get accepted elsewhere. Print contributors receive $100/poem, as well as a complimentary subscription to the magazine. Online contributors receive $50/poem. All submissions are automatically considered for the annual Neil Postman Award for Metaphor, a $1,000 prize. Read the full submission guidelines before submitting.
Slice — From their “About” page: Slice aims to bridge the gap between emerging and established authors by offering a space where both are published side-by-side. In each issue, a specific cultural theme becomes the catalyst for articles and interviews from renowned writers and lesser known voices alike. Along with these pieces, we publish fiction and poetry that isn’t bound by the theme—we simply look for works by writers who promise to become tomorrow’s literary legends. Submit short fiction, nonfiction and poetry during their open reading period, October 1 through December 1; they don’t want experimental or “heavy-handed genre fiction.” Each issue is themed. Read the magazine to get a sense of what they want. Pays $250 for stories and essays, and $75 for poems.
The Sun — Publishes essays, fiction, interviews and poetry. Favors personal writing, but also looking for provocative pieces on political and cultural issues. Open to just about anything. Surprise them. Pays $300-$1,500 for fiction, $300-$2,000 for nonfiction. Also pays one complimentary one-year subscription to The Sun. No simultaneous submissions. 7,000 word limit. Read the magazine before submitting. (Free sample online)
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