These links are to help you on your poetry book publishing journey. I’ve included links to literary journals, magazines, and other sources. I’ll update these frequently. (2/28/2021)
Proper Manuscript Formatting: https://www.shunn.net/format/poetry/ (I would say this is a suggested way to format your poems for submission into contests, publishers, or literary journals). It’s best to follow the directions required by the publisher.
How to Publish a Poetry Book Step by Step: https://authority.pub/publish-poetry-book/
Kindle Create Tutorial: https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/GYVL2CASGU9ACFVU. This link will walk you through using the Kindle Create program on Amazon.com. I can only speak for this version. I assume each country’s Amazon has their own links to Kindle Create? If you know differently, please let us know in the comments.
50 Free Writing Software And The Best Free Writing Apps: https://justpublishingadvice.com/free-writing-software-and-the-best-free-writers-tools/
The Best Free Sites To Publish Poetry Online: https://justpublishingadvice.com/publish-poetry-online/
canva.com has a great selection of kindle book cover templates. This is a free site. They also offer classes through their blog to teach you how to use the program.
Consider submitting to a poetry contest for poetry books. Many small presses hold annual contests to attract new talent. Many of these contests are listed in Poets & Writers’ Writing Contests, Grants, & Awards Database.
Poetry Book Publishers: https://poetrysociety.org/about/resources
Check these sites frequently, as they will feature several publications per year. Read the information carefully and check the dates.
hedgerow – a journal of small poems is a short-poetry journal dedicated to publishing an eclectic mix of new & established voices across the spectrum of the short poem, with particular attention to the constantly evolving forms of English-language haiku, senryu, tanka & haiga. Submissions of prose poems, other longer poems & sequences, and short stories also welcome!
Pure Haiku: How to submit to Purehaiku in 2021
Thrush: a journal of poetry that will appear 6 times a year. (January, March, May, July, September and November). We believe in showcasing the best work we receive. We will present a select number of poems per edition. We recommend reading current and archived issues to familiarize yourself with the poetry we select for publication. Submissions are now open. We read submissions on a rolling basis. We are not a paying market.
First Frost: first frost is a new journal of haiku and senryu. First issue scheduled for May 2021. Submissions are closed for the May issue and will reopen July 15 through August 15 for the November issue. Want us to email you a reminder? Click here.
Sky Island Journal Sky Island Journal is an independent, international, free-access literary journal. We are dedicated to discovering and publishing the finest original poetry, flash fiction (under 1,000 words), and creative nonfiction (under 1,000 words). We only publish previously unpublished work, written primarily (50% or more) in English. If you have a question about what constitutes previous publication, please contact us with the nuances of your particular circumstances before submitting.
Kingfisher Journal – A new Haiku Journal is Open for submissions February 1–28 and August 1–31, 2021. Poems received outside of this submission period will not be read. Submit between 5–10 unpublished haiku/senryu. I’m looking to publish the full spectrum of haiku/senryu, from the traditional to the experimental. All poems must be your own original work. Please submit only once per issue. No previously published haiku/senryu.
The Michigan Poet publishes high-quality poetry from established and emerging poets living in Michigan and distributes to Michigan communities. The Michigan Poet seeks poems less than 25 lines that are accessible to readers of all ages and interest levels. Poems should be all-age appropriate and suitable for school environments. Politically biased, overtly sexual, religious, or otherwise controversial poems will be rejected. Submit all poems in one document. Please submit your work via our Submittable link: https://michiganpoet.submittable.com/submit.
Superstition Review The Superstition Review is the online literary magazine published by Arizona State University twice yearly in May and December. We welcome submissions of art, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry during our two reading periods in January and August.
We’ Moon Women! We invite you to submit your art and writing for publication in We’Moon!
The Lumiere Review, Literary Magazine: Everyone is welcome to submit poetry, prose, and art. Check out our past issues to get a better idea of what we like. Our response time ranges from 3 days to 6 weeks.
Eucalyptus & Rose accepts heartwarming and thoughtful fiction and creative non-fiction under 1000 words, as well as poetry that does not exceed 20 lines. In particular, we are looking for unsent love letters, bite-size memoirs, poetry revolving around landscapes and colors, and short fiction that makes us feel fuzzy on the inside.
Willow Springs publishes each spring and fall. We accept fiction and poetry submissions between September 1 and May 31. Nonfiction is open year-round. Please submit one packet of work at a time and wait to receive a response before submitting again.
We are looking for writing that surprises and moves us, whether from up-and-coming writers or established greats. We seek work that takes hold from the first sentence and doesn’t let go, that commands our attention whether by its intellectual acumen, emotional integrity, or spiritual wholeness. We welcome and encourage work from writers of every nationality, race, religion, sexuality and gender, including writers with disabilities, writers who are not affiliated with an MFA program, and writers whose perspectives and experiences are often underrepresented in the literary world.
We pay contributors $100 per published long-form prose piece, $40 for short prose (up to three stories, each under 750 words, can be included per submission), and $20 per published poem (up to 5 can be included per submission). We offer two complimentary copies for work we publish.
Mud Season Review Our submission period is open from April 1, 2021, to May 1, 2021. NOTE: We may close the reading period early by genre if volume demands. We want to be sure to give your work the attention it deserves! Please keep this in mind as you consider submitting your work.
We seek deeply human work that will teach us something about life, but also about the craft of writing or visual art, and works that are original in their approach and that in some way moves us. Publishing and celebrating a diverse range of voices is important to us, so please include in your cover letter a brief biographical statement (50 words or less) as you would like it to appear on our Contributors page. For more on what we are looking for in submissions, read an interview with our founding editor.
Cerasus Poetry The 2021 Cerasus Poetry Olympic Biathlon comprises two separate competitions – one for poetry and one for flash fiction – that will run in parallel over 6 qualifying heats in July-August 2021.
The competitions are open to all who pay the entry fee and submit a batch of 6 poems and/or 6 pieces of flash fiction before the closing date of midnight BST at the end of 22nd July 2021. On payment of the fee, you will be randomly allocated a country name, which will identify you during the course of the competitions.
Nymphs Poetry Journal: Submissions are open! Nymphs accepts both poetry and prose (including flash fiction). To make your submission please email firstname.lastname@example.org, together with your chosen name, submission title, a short third-person bio, and links to your social media accounts. Please include your submissions as either word doc. or pdf attachments– either separate or combined in one file.