Q. Dear Writers Market, I write poetry and just wanted to inquire to if you have any suggestions or know of any agents who may consider taking poets on there books? Many Thanks.
A. I'm sorry, Jason, but literary agents do not take on poetry books - at least 99.9% of the time they do not. Collections of poetry (chapbooks) are traditionally self-published by poets. Yes, some big-name poets do get work represented, but these are usually Poet Laureates, or fiction writers who have also written a collection of poetry. Beware any literary agent who reps poetry because they are likely a scammer. And if you see an agency that advertises how it reps poetry, oh man, run like hell.
This cool poetry slam pic courtesy
of Minnesota Artists
- My coworker, editor Robert Brewer, runs the amazing Poetic Asides blog.
- Our WD writers' conference in NYC (Sept. 2009) has a big Poetry Slam!
- Confused about formatting? Check out Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript.
- Read about What Agents Hate: Chapter 1 Pet Peeves.
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