Sometimes it's not so much about where you submit your poetry, but when. That's because several publications have specific reading periods (that sometimes shift without notice). Today's spotlight market is currently open to poetry submissions: Black Warrior Review.
Black Warrior Review: Monday Market Spotlight
Black Warrior Review recently re-opened for submissions on June 1 and will stay open until September 1. The publication is named after the river that borders the campus of The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and is known as one of the top publishers of poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction.
As far as the poetry, the editors say, "We are seeking a poetry of excitement that changes its state of matter from read to read. We are seeking most a poetry we read and walk away changed." Learn more by reading their guidelines here.
Find Hundreds of Great Poetry Markets!
The 2015 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.
Black Warrior Review uses, like many publications, a Submittable page. Poets can send up to five poems (up to a maximum of 10 pages). Previously published work is not accepted, but simultaneous submissions are welcome.
Poets who are published are paid with a one-year subscription to the publication and a "nominal lump-sum fee." Reading previous issues is encouraged.
Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community, which means he maintains this blog, edits a couple Market Books (Poet’s Market and Writer’s Market), writes a poetry column for Writer’s Digest magazine, leads online education, speaks around the country on publishing and poetry, and a lot of other fun writing-related stuff.
He’s a big fan of reading poetry publications, anthologies, and collections by individual authors. If you want to show him some love, check out his collection Solving the World’s Problems.
Also, follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.