Recently I have been browsing websites, magazines and various other outlets where poetry can be found and have realized there is a lot out there. There are so many opportunities and chances for a poet’s voice to be heard and Poets United wants to help you be heard.
If at first you don’t succeed, write, write and write again. Ok I know the real quote doesn’t quite go that way but I’m fairly certain you get what I am trying to say. Poets United will make it a point to try and highlight some of the opportunities that exist for our members and readers to have their work published or read. If you are interested in possibly submitting your poetry to Literary Magazines, Small Presses, other publications, or competitions this new addition “Opportunity Knocks” will hopefully be helpful to you.
Poetry is not just for the scholarly, it is for everyone, everywhere. Some of the best poems are written outside of the classroom by those experiencing life firsthand. If you have ever considered submitting your poetry to places beyond the blogosphere, but were unsure, we hope to inspire you to do so by simplifying the process. Sometimes all it takes is an envelope and a stamp. In our “Opportunity Knocks” posts we will provide information and links to publications, contests and other opportunities for your poetry to be read and/or published. It is our goal to sift through and filter out the spam and scams out there. What we post here will be our best attempt at helping you find legitimate places to send your work.
Many places do require small entry fees so please be aware of that when considering submitting your work. We will try to find those that don’t ask for any or at least that keep it to a minimal cost.
*If you know of any opportunities locally, nationally or worldwide please feel free to share them with Poets United so that we can check into them and then in turn share them with our readers and members.
Our first one to mention is directed mainly at students of all ages, but no worries, more are soon to follow.
The Atlantic is an American Magazine that covers News, Poltics, Business Culture and Technology.
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Three prizes of $1,000 each will be given annually for a poem, a short story or novel excerpt, and an essay. The winning entries will be considered for publication in the Kindle edition of the Atlantic. A second-place prize of $500 and a third-place prize of $250 will also be given in each category. Writers who are enrolled full-time in a degree-granting graduate or undergraduate program or who graduated in 2010 are eligible. Submit up to three poems or 7,500 words of prose by December 1. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
The Atlantic, Student Writing Contest, 600 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20037.