Publishing Links for Poets

To go the traditional route with your unpublished poems, a lot of magazines, anthologies, and contests take submissions through Submittable also lets you track universal submissions. There is also which for a $5 monthly fee lets you research and keep track of submissions. 

You can also find even more listings for anthologies and journals on:

Poets Trish Hopkinson, Erica Verrillo, Cathy Bryant, and Erika Dreifus regularly list submission calls on their websites. Authors Publish, Write.Info, and Rick Lupert’s Poetry Super Highway are two other great resources. Deborah Fruchey’s Strictly East often re-publishes the calls we share on our mailing list.

Try to research the publisher before submitting. Are they listed on Poets & Writers? Do they have a website? Are the editors established authors? If in doubt Winning Writers has a great list of vanity publishers to avoid as does the Library of Congress.

Not all publishers will pay you to print your work nor give you a free print or digital copy, but avoid publishers who charge exorbitant reading fees, offer a certificate of inclusion, or demand you buy copies in lieu of paying you. There are plenty of opportunities out there, so many that you should not have to pay to get published.

Read the contract and don’t completely sign away your rights. Make sure the poem copyright reverts back to you after publication, so that you can include it in your own collection later.

Self-publishing Paperbacks

Here are some websites for self-publishing paperbacks:

Self-publishing Ebooks

Ebooks are a more accessible and environmentally friendly option. These sites will distribute your poetry book as an ebook. Using a combination of distributors can spread your book globally.

Publishing ebooks directly:

Ebook distributors:

Software for editing epub files:

Poetry Albums & Audio Books

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Websites for creating your own business cards, buttons, stickers, magnets, pens, etc.:

Useful writing links

Below are some other useful websites:

Websites to join

Websites that offer Author Interviews

These are forms you can fill out to be featured on book websites which helps with growing links to your books.

13 Sources of Inspiration

  1. Music – Songs spark ideas between lyrics, respond to a song, expound on it
  2. Art – Write a story based on visual art
  3. Read – Absorb other artists. The muse will whisper.
  4. Black out – Write blackout poetry by blacking out lines from prose.
  5. Nature – Walking generates thoughts, nature sparks wonder.
  6. Spirituality – Powerful, positive experiences to write about
  7. Meditation – When you slow down enough to hear your thoughts, lines will come.
  8. Fun – Go out to a concert, a dance, a protest, a festival, and write about it.
  9. Reasonably slightly altered states of being – Joy, love, staying up late, prayer, etc.
  10. Daydreaming – Let yourself get really bored. Ideas will come.
  11. Newspapers – Respond and comment on the state of the world.
  12. Memories – Reminisce on your life, the good, the bad, the amazing, the painful.
  13. Intense emotions – Feel. Write. Edit when calm.


Everyone can write. This is how to get really good at it:

  1. Songs use rhyming and rhythm patterns. Study them.
  2. Learn the rules of grammar. Learn poetic forms. Break the rules.
  3. Learn new words. Make up new words. Learn multiple languages.
  4. Read a lot. It doesn’t have to be poetry. Read magazines, comic books, nonfiction, fiction, research history, read the news, turn on captions on films, etc.
  5. Find what you love to talk about and read about and then write about it. Write like you speak.


A useful link if you time your sets:

View a list of area open mics on our poets resource page

  1. If you can memorize a song, you can memorize a poem. Repeat it until it feels natural. Record yourself and listen ad nauseum like you would with a song, and then try repeating it. If you forget a line, don’t worry, because most times no one else knows the words anyways. Just go with it.
  2. Some poets read fast and passionate. Others read slowly. Find what sounds good to you. Just vary your intonation to emphasize importance, and look up at the crowd on occasion.
  3. Watch and study professionals: established poets, comedians, talk show hosts, clergy, musicians, etc. Subtly imitate.
  4. Rehearse. Rehearse. Rehearse. Read your work out loud by yourself, to family, and at open mics.
  5. Time your work. You will need to know how long your poem is to create a feature set and to be professional in an open mic setting with time limits. Don’t be the person who disrespects others by going over time.


  1. Read your work out loud. You will catch your mistakes.
  2. Use spell check or Grammarly.
  3. Have someone else read through it if you are not strong in grammar or spelling.
  4. Read through your book, and then go do something else for awhile. The longer you look at it, you’ll become blind to mistakes. Get back to it.
  5. Stylistically in poetry it is okay to break the rules.
  6. There are no bad writers, only inexperienced ones. Grammar, spelling, and punctuation count, but don’t let them be the bane of your existence! Poetry is more about the soulful message you intend than conforming to form. Do not let perfectionism keep you from publishing.

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Poet Laureate

Click here to read about Vallejo, California’s Poets Laureate.

List of U.S. States’ poets laureate

United States Poet Laureate

California Poet Laureate

If you are a poet laureate apply for a fellowship with the Academy of American Poets

Poetry Resource Websites

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