It’s that time of year again. The new 2016 Poet’s Market is hitting bookshelves, which means it’s time for me to start figuring out the 2017 Poet’s Market–and I need your help!
Running until 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, Georgia time) on October 31, 2015, I’ll be accepting pitches for articles in the 2017 Poet’s Market. Sometime soon after, I’ll start making assignments. If you’re interested in pitching an article idea or three, 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.
Get Your Copy!
The 2016 Poet’s Market, edited by Robert Lee Brewer, includes hundreds of poetry markets, including listings for poetry publications, publishers, contests, and more! With names, contact information, and submission tips, poets can find the right markets for their poetry and achieve more publication success than ever before.
In addition to the listings, there are articles on the craft, business, and promotion of poetry–so that poets can learn the ins and outs of writing poetry and seeking publication. Plus, it includes a one-year subscription to the poetry-related information on WritersMarket.com. All in all, it’s the best resource for poets looking to secure publication.
How to Submit Articles
Here are some guidelines on submitting articles:
- Submit your pitch via e-mail in the body of the e-mail. I don’t like attachments.
- Send your pitch to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: 2017 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 31, 2015–11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, GA time).
Robert 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). Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.