Recently, I found a box full of business cards and flyers from a poetry festival I went to last year in Salem, MA. There were tons of literary publications for sale and plenty of booths teeming with promotional cards to take home- naturally I grabbed a bag full. Are you looking for places to submit poems to?
Here are five poetry magazines and presses that are right here in New England.
Slate Roof Press
Slate Roof Press is a membership poetry press based out of Western Massachusetts. For 9 years they have been local poets who work together and craft limited-edition chapbooks.
Their first annual poetry chapbook contest is open until Febuary 15, 2013. If you win you’re agreeing “to three-year work commitment in our collective, averaging 8-10 hours/month, including monthly business meetings in Greenfield, MA” as well as being published.
If you live in Massachusetts and have always wanted to be a part of a tight-knit community where you are involved not only in creating but publishing your poetry check out their websites for more details.
Off the Coast
Off the Coast is biannual journal from Maine that got it’s start back in 1989. From their about page, “We believe small presses and literary magazines are the lifeblood and testing ground for all writers. A handful of writers break through to major houses, but a much larger voice would go unheard if not for small presses and literary magazines.”
You can also find the on Facebook.
Deadlines for submission are March 15, June 15, September 15, and December 15 and they accept poetry, artwork, and reviews of poetry books.
Founded in 1997, the Massachusetts press publishes one book of poetry by a woman per year. Their poets are available for reading plus they will be at the AWP conference in Boston this March.
The Perugia Press Prize is an annual contest that awards one woman poet with $1000 and publication. This year’s contest runs from August 1- November 15, 2013. Read more about the guidelines on their contest page.
Poetry Society of New Hampshire
Poetry Society of New Hampshire is a membership organization that has grown from 16 to 250 members. They have a quarterly magazine, poetry readings, meetings, and publish poetry books.
You can also find them on Facebook.
They have quite a few contests and some are open to the public. I’m very tempted by their college student poetry contest which is open until March 15, 2013.
Okay, I cheated since Encircle Publications is really two for the price of one.
The Aurorean is a biannual poetry journal and the Unrorean is “the Aurorean’s alter ego” which is a biannual poetry broadside.
Guidelines for The Aurorean. The next deadline is February 15, 2013 for the Spring/Summer issue by mail.
Guidelines for The Unrorean. There aren’t any hard and fast rules but it also only accepts submissions by mail.
I know there are a ton more literary resources right here in New England these were just a few that I happened to see at the poetry festival. I’ll be on the lookout at my next festival for more.
Do you have a favorite local press or magazine near you?