Poetry SubmissionsOne of the hardest things about literary magazines is dealing with the overwhelming number of them. You can’t keep up-to-date on all of them, so how do you decide which are really worth your time?

Of course, everyone knows about Poetry Magazineand I’d like to hear of a writer who isn’t on the New Yorker email list, but there are so many wonderful, small publications out there, just waiting for you to dive into their websites to scan their archives, read some poetry, or submit poetry.

To find out what lit mags are favored by editors, I picked through the past seven years of the anthology The Best American PoetryThis gave me an enlightening look at which publications are on their watch list. I went through the 2011 – 2017 indexes to see where the poems included in each anthology were originally published and where the editors presumably stumbled across them. I hope this will help you select good markets for your poetry submissions.

I’m sure it’s no surprise that out of the 377 (147 not including repeats) publications mentioned from 2011-2015, the one with the most poems included in the anthologies is The New Yorker(Of course, not far behind that is Poetry Magazine, because what else.)

Please don’t take this as a comprehensive list of every poetry magazine you should be reading. Some lit mags are so young, they can’t be on the Best American Poetry radar yet, and some of them just don’t get recognized for a while. That’s okay.

The Poem-a-Day Series by the Academy of American Poets has been around for a while, but it wasn’t featured in the Best American Poetry until 2015—then, it was included five times.

Sometimes all it takes to start keeping up with literary journals without getting a million email updates a day is to take a couple hours to browse some and decide which style you like, whether or not you want it to be a mixed genre magazine, if you care about graphic design, etc. Hopefully, this list can act as your jumping-off point for poetry submissions.



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Best Literary Magazines for Poetry

(as ranked by The Best American Poetry)

    1. The New Yorker, 28
    2. Poetry Magazine, 23
    3. The American Poetry Review, 17
      Ploughshares, 17
    4. The Southern Review, 16
    5. The New England Review, 13
    6. The Cincinnati Review, 11
      Harvard Review, 11
    7. Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day Series, 10
      The Kenyon Review, 10

      Prairie Schooner, 10
    8. New Ohio Review, 9
      The Paris Review, 9
    9.  Southwest Review, 8
      The Virginia Quarterly Review, 8
      The Threepenny Review, 8
    10. The Nation, 7
      The Georgia Review, 7
    11. The Literary Review, 6
      AGNI, 6
      Salmagundi, 6

      The American Scholar, 6
    12. The Believer, 5
      Court Green, 5
      The Iowa Review, 5
      Poetry Daily, 5
      Boston Review, 5
      The Common, 5

      Green Mountains Review, 5

      Harper’s, 5

      Gulf Coast, 5
      jubilat, 5
    13. The Awl, 4
      Conduit
      , 4

      FIELD, 4
      Denver Quarterly, 4

      London Review of Books, 4

      River Styx, 4

      Subtropics, 4

      Tin House, 4

      The Yale Review, 4

      Raritan 4
    14. The Atlantic Monthly, 3
      Barrow Street, 3
      Beloit Poetry Journal, 3
      Columbia Poetry Review
      , 3

      Granta, 3
      Hanging Loose, 3
      New American Writing, 3
      Plume, 3
      A Public Space, 3
      Rattle, 3
      Alaska Quarterly Review, 3

      The Antioch Review, 3
      Cave Wall, 3

      Fifth Wednesday Journal, 3

      The Gettysburg Review, 3

      New Letters, 3

      The Sun 3

      New York Times Magazine 3
    15. 32 Poems, 2
      Able Muse
      , 2

      Black Warrior Review, 2
      Blackbird, 2
      The Carolina Quarterly, 2
      Colorado Review, 2
      DMQ Review, 2
      Fence, 2
      Waxwing 2

      Five Points, 2
      LIT, 2
      MAKE Literature Magazine, 2
      MiPOesias, 2
      The Missouri Review, 2
      The New Criterion, 2
      Painted Bride Quarterly, 2
      Pleiades, 2
      Poet Lore, 2
      Post Road, 2
      Image Magazine 2

      The Southampton Review, 2
      Terminus Magazine, 2
      The Hopkins Review, 2

      upstreet, 2
      Verse Daily, 2
      Birmingham Poetry Review, 2

      The Sewanee Review, 2

      The Sycamore Review
      , 2

      Cherry Tree 2

      Massachusetts Review 2
    16. ABZ, 1
      The Baffler, 1
      Beltway Poetry Quarterly, 1
      Birdfest, 1
      Boulevard, 1
      Brilliant Corners, 1
      Burrow Press Review, 1
      Carbon Copy Magazine, 1
      Crazyhorse, 1
      Cream City Review, 1
      Early Music America, 1
      Ecotone, 1
      Fruita Pulp, 1
      Gris-Gris, 1
      Gulfshore Life, 1
      Harpur Palate, 1
      The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, 1
      Hayden’s Ferry Review, 1
      House Organ, 1
      The Hudson Review, 1
      Iron Horse Literary Review, 1
      The Journal, 1
      Kinfolks Quarterly, 1
      Lambda Literary Review, 1
      Lemon Hound, 1
      Little Patuxent Review, 1
      The Los Angeles Review, 1
      Maggy, 1
      The Manhattan Review, 1
      McSweeny’s, 1
      Mead: The Magazine of Literature and Libations, 1
      Memorious, 1
      Michigan Quarterly Review, 1
      Mid-American Review, 1
      Muzzle, 1
      Naugatuck River Review, 1
      New South, 1
      New York Quarterly, 1
      Ninth Letter, 1
      The Normal School, 1
      PANK, 1
      PEN America, 1
      PMS: poemmemoirstory, 1
      Poetry London, 1
      Poetry Northwest, 1
      Poets.org, 1
      Powder Keg, 1
      Redivider, 1
      The Rumpus, 1
      Seneca Review, 1
      Sentence, 1
      Slate, 1
      Southern Indiana Review, 1
      Spillway, 1
      Terrain.org, 1
      Tongue, 1
      Tupelo Quarterly, 1
      Unsplendid, 1
      Vinyl Poetry, 1
      Vitrine: a printed museum, 1
      The Volta, 1
      West Branch, 1
      Willow Springs, 1
      Zoland Poetry, 1
      storySouth 1

      Buzzfeed 1

      Mississippi Review 1

      Callaloo 1

      The Collagist 1

      Tahoma Literary Review 1

      Paperbag 1

      Los Angeles Review of Books 1

      Crab Orchard Review 1

      Copper Nickel 1

      Ragazine 1

      Greensboro Review 1

      Parnassus 1

      Brilliant Corners 1

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