The Poet’s Market


        The older I get, the wiser I get.  Put more simply:  I’m dumb today, I was dumber yesterday, but I’ll be smart tomorrow.  Case in point: my previous assertion that there isn’t much of a market for poetry these days.  In reality there is a thriving poetry market out there.  In fact, there’s a more than 500 page book that is put out every year detailing the market for poetry.  Who knew, right?  Oh, if I only had a brain….  Recently, I picked up the 2012 edition of Poet’s Market from my local library (I may just have to buy the current edition).  In addition to helpful writing tips and advice, the book lists hundreds of publishing opportunities specifically for poets, which include poetry publications, book publishers, contests, and more.

        Before picking up Poet’s Market, I relied on Internet searches to find information about publishing poetry.  The Internet is good for many things, but finding a detailed list of poetry publishers is a bit of a challenge.  I was able to find some, but I wasn’t able to really narrow my search down to publishers that would be a good fit for my work.

        Currently, I have more than 30 unpublished poems that I’m looking to publish in various literary magazines and journals.  All the poems that have been published on this site, of course, are ineligible.  Poetry publishers do want first rights.  For me that’s not a big issue, as I still have plenty of unpublished poems and this site has been a good way for me to put my name out in the public, showcase some of my work, and work on my craft.  In the future, it will hopefully be a good forum to direct readers to my work as well.

        Now that I have a better idea about the market for poetry, the time has come to send my work to “the four corners of the world.”  After that comes the hardest part: the waiting game (Tom Petty was right in that regard).  It could be more than three months before I hear anything back.  Fortunately, I do have a little project to keep me busy in the meantime….