Manuscript submissions

I know a few poets who do not submit their work for publications. One reads at the semiannual readings at the library. And some self-publish collections. But they don’t send poems to editors of magazines and journals that publish poetry.

I submit work monthly — at least one set of three to five poems to a publisher, with the goal of sending to two or three. I’d like to be submitting my full-length each month, too, but contest fees and reading fees hamper that idea.

The result for me has been a steady stream of publication credits. But I wonder about those poets who do not submit their work. Yes, it is time consuming. And yes, the rejection can get old real fast. But in the end, getting published in a magazine or journal is the best way to get your work in front of a wider audience. Publishing your poems on a blog achieves that, too, but having an editor select your work from among the work of other poets has merit (and the added benefit of a critical eye reading your work before it goesout into world on its own).

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~ by ericedits on November 28, 2008.

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