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Online Poetry Journals - Submitting Your Work


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Writing for online poetry journals will not get you rich, but it will bring you personal satisfaction and can help your writing career. As the price of paper and gas go up, many periodicals are choosing to go in part or entirely online. There are many e-zines of high literary quality and a wide-reaching audience that traditional paper magazines or journals just can't reach.

Competition Is Fierce

Although many online poetry journals do not pay any contributors, these e-zines are still swamped with submissions, leading to many rejections. If you want your poem to have a good shot at rising to the top of the virtual slush pile, then are a few things you can do to make you more impressive in the eyes of the editor.

The best thing you can do is read a couple of editions of the online poetry journals that you are targeting. In this way, you get to know the editor's tastes and what they consider to be great poetry. If you notice that every poem is rhymed and of a spiritual bent, then you know right away to take your free verse about the joys of atheism elsewhere. Although this might sound like common sense, it's amazing how many people send entirely inappropriate poems to e-zines.

Follow The Submission Guidelines

Whoever came up with the old saying, “When all else fails, follow the directions, " could have been talking about submitting to online poetry journals. Most have very specific directions loaded with valuable information for you, the poet. These things include:

  • What program the poem needs to be in, such as RTF or Word Doc
  • What font or size the poem needs to be in
  • If there are any line or word limits imposed
  • If you need to place the poem in the body of an email
  • What dates they accept submissions
  • If you need to include a short biography
  • When you can expect to hear a reply

    The Magic Word

    Common courtesy goes a long way in making you look good in the eyes of an e-zine editor. Most online literary journals are a labor of love, done as a hobby by one or more people. These are not businesses and deserve a little leeway. Don't email them twenty times a day badgering them about why they should accept your poem. Let your poem speak for itself.

    You may get some editors that will request you to do some changes on your poem. Most of these will be minor changes, but some may be major. Try to keep an open mind about the suggestions. If you don't agree, it's better to quietly withdraw rather than argue the editor to death. Besides, there are many more e-zines waiting for your poem.

    And finally, if you get rejected, don't take it personally. The editor just doesn't have the same literary tastes that you do. If you search the Internet long enough, you will find many editors with similar tastes as yours that will love to showcase your work.

    Gary Pearson is an accomplished niche website developer and author.

    To learn more about online poetry journals , please visit Troubled Relationship Poetry Site for current articles and discussions.

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