Call for Submissions: 2016 Poet’s Market

It’s that time of year again. The new 2015 Poet’s Market is hitting bookshelves, which means it’s time for me to start figuring out the 2016 Poet’s Market–and I need your help!

Running until 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, Georgia time) on October 15, 2014, I’ll be accepting pitches for articles and poems in the 2016 Poet’s Market. Sometime soon after, I’ll start making assignments. If you’re interested in pitching an article idea or three (or a poem!), read on.

What I Like

For the Poet’s Market book, I’m interested in instructional articles for the following three categories:

  • Craft of Poetry. Articles on creation, revision, meter, etc.
  • Business of Poetry. Articles on submitting poems, reading poems, etc.
  • Promotion of Poetry. Articles on finding and connecting with readers.

If you have something outside these areas, feel free to pitch that too. If interested, I’m sure I can slot it into one of these sections. Feel encouraged to take chances.

One note: I’m not interested in folks pitching interviews with poets (unless you’re pitching an interview with a super high profile poet). The reason for this is that I often interview poets myself.


2015 Poet's Market

2015 Poet’s Market

Publish Your Poetry!

Learn how to get your poetry published with the latest (and greatest) edition of Poet’s Market. The 2015 Poet’s Market is filled with articles on the craft, business, and promotion of poetry, in addition to poet interviews and original poetry by contemporary poets.

Plus, the book is filled with hundreds of listings for poetry book publishers, chapbook publishers, magazines, journals, contests, grants, conferences, and more!

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How to Submit Articles

Here are some guidelines on submitting articles (guidelines for poems are below):

  • Submit your pitch via e-mail in the body of the e-mail. I don’t like attachments.
  • Send your pitch to with the subject line: 2016 Poet’s Market Pitch
  • Begin with your pitch (or pitches) before introducing yourself through your bio. While you may have an impressive bio, I’m most interested in your article idea(s).
  • If you have more than one pitch, include them all in one e-mail. My inbox is crowded; please avoid sending me several e-mail messages.
  • Deadline: October 15, 2014–11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, GA time).

How to Submit Poems

Here are guidelines for submitting poems:

  • Submit your poems in the body of the e-mail (unless there is some formatting issue). In instances that formatting is a concern, use a common file type (doc, txt, pdf) and explain your reasoning.
  • Submit up to 5 previously unpublished poems.
  • Submit the poems to with the subject line: Poems for Poet’s Market
  • Include your name, a brief bio note (up to 50 words), and your e-mail.
  • Deadline: October 15, 2014–11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, GA time).


roberttwitterimageRobert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of the poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). He edits Poet’s Market, Writer’s Market, and Guide to Self-Publishing, in addition to writing a free weekly newsletter and poetry column for Writer’s Digest magazine.

He enjoys all forms of poetry, including traditional forms, free verse, prose, experimental, rhymes, no-rhymes, and so on. What he really appreciates is poetry that surprises and interests, which may be serious in one poem and silly in another. All subject matter and tones welcome and encouraged. Just be yourself and let your poetry shine.

Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.


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5 thoughts on “Call for Submissions: 2016 Poet’s Market

  1. Susan Budig

    Robert, I pitched an article idea for PM2016. In response, I received a Mail Delivery Failure notice, but it went into my spam folder so I’m not sure if it’s legitimate. I used and I’ve checked this several times to ensure that I used the correct email.

    So I think there’s no problem and that you received my pitch. But I also didn’t hear back from you via even an automated message that my email was received so I’m writing here in hopes that I’ll hear back from you that you received my pitch.

    I know you’re busy so I’m sorry to clutter up your column here, but I’m not sure how else to contact you. Thanks for all you do!


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