I'm still kind of struggling through my "busy season" of the year, but I want to try out a few ideas over the next few weeks on this blog. One of them is to begin spotlighting a poetry market each Monday on the blog (a "Monday Market"--get it?). This week's Monday Market is Rattle!
Rattle: Monday Market Spotlight
Rattle is one of those publications from which I've received many rejections over the years. However, it's not because they don't accept work. In fact, it's one of the more diverse poetry publications around--publishing established and beginning poets both.
However, editor Timothy Green has done such an amazing job with the publication over the years that it's just a super competitive publication. Much like the April PAD Challenge on this blog, there are too many great poems submitted for everyone to find publication.
Poets can submit any type of poem for the regular submissions, but the magazine also puts out a new theme for each and every issue. For instance, the most recent theme was for poems written by scientists. The current issue of the magazine features Japanese forms. Click here to check out the current guidelines.
Find Hundreds of Great 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.
While the magazine is super cool and filled with poetry, Rattle also has a great online presence and has a weekly challenge for poets to write poems about what's currently happening in the world through its Poets Respond feature. Here's how it works:
- Poets write a poem (or poems) within the week about events that have happened within the week.
- Poets submit the poem (or poems) online via Rattle's submittable form by midnight PST on Friday each week.
- Rattle picks and announces a winner on (or around) Sunday each week.
Simple as that. It's really cool and selected poets even receive $25.
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.