Poetry Sites Molly A. Saty
In modern times, no one makes a living writing poetry. Unlike writing prose it is not a fulltime career. It may be central to your life and is a cheaper than lots other pursuits, and some poets do get work because they can lecture or teach. There is not much money in poetry so stay away from any site that offers big money, sends out flashy pamphlets, or promises to publish your work if you buy something, (like an anthology or a lot of other award material, etc.) You do not want your work included with the kind of poetry they accept. Computer search “poetry scams.” A lot of scam places have credible sounding names that keep changing. (Some out of Olin Mills ML)
Credible contests usually charge a small fee (Ex: $2-$4 for one to five poems). A few are free, especially for students. Or send off work in groups of 3-5 poems to literary magazine. Don’t be in a hurry to get published until you have a large collection of poetry you are proud of. Take time to develop your own voice and style. Most important…keep all your work organized in clean copy, learn to revise and evaluate your work, and keep reading poetry.
Go to the library…or get a copy of Poets’ Market and see the entire literary magazine that accepts poems. Some may apply to beginning writers. This is a good resource and includes workshop and convention info.
The following are among the hundreds of legitimate sites and prompts:
www.byline.com...contest monthly…one for 1st time writer
www.poetandwriters.com...lots of links
www.nfsps.com National Federation of State Poetry Societies & all links
www.washingtonpoets.com or any state group is a good site
www.poetyjournal.org...leads to dozens of links
www.poetrybyway.com...everything you need to know about form, terms and poets. This is a great reference for writers and readers.
College or school publication, legit newsstand or literary magazines are safe. Many site are .org for nonprofit. Look for student contests for children. All contests have strict rules and deadlines. Follow rules to the letter. Many state contests are held for spring or fall conferences and have a category for student residents. Major publishers require agents. Explore small presses. Competition is tough. Manuscripts should be perfect…carefully revised. Self publishing may be perfect for your poetry.