scared to submit yer poems?

Coming off of several of my own posts about the process of submitting your work (and then thankfully being accepted!) I feel like this is an awesome post to share today. You don’t know how many times I’ve heard that advice to put that one odd poem in your submission. I have to remember to keep trying that.


I’ve been a reader for a #litmag for a  year now. If you are a writer just starting to submit, here’s a few tips from us folks behind the scenes:

  1. If the pub says send up to five poems, send five poems. Not just one or two.
  2. Best poem first.
  3. Put that one poem you feel weird about in there. You never know.
  4. Don’t be clever in the cover letter. Ever. Brief, boring and vaguely nice will suffice.
  5. I don’t care if you have never been published. We would love to be your first.
  6. Long lists of your every publication and award makes me do a little eye roll at this point in the game, which is early.


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3 thoughts on “scared to submit yer poems?

  1. It pretty much fascinates me that the “weird poem” that I’m not sure about is often the one accepted. Also fascinating that this has helped me to rethink my own evaluation of my work. Thanks for sharing this!

    • I’ve heard some great stories about the ‘weird’ or ‘unexpected’ poems being the ones to make it. It’s definitely a good thing to read and research the journals you are sending your work to in order to see if your work might be a good fit, but it’s so worth sending an odd one or two as well. You never know what will spark an editor into loving your work!

  2. Pingback: Filling the world with poems « ann e michael

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