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A Salute to PoetryMarkets.com
A Poet's Dream Come True
Since poetry is my native tongue, I feel as though it is my civic duty to make sure that poets are aware of a free tool that can take their careers to new heights. PoetryMarkets.com is what the world of poetry has been waiting for.
PoetryMarkets.com is a free directory of - you guessed it - poetry publications that compensate contributing poets. Thanks to an advanced search engine, users can comb through the listings with fine granularity based on details like acceptance rates and genres. In case you are ever in the mood to submit your poetry or misplace the napkin upon which you've recorded the deadlines, PoetryMarkets.com also has a calendar at the ready which lists all of the approaching deadlines on its ever-expanding directory.
If words were edible, then each word of a poem would be nutrient-rich and flavorful, much more like an entrée rather than a side dish. PoetryMarkets.com serves up poetry du jour by uniting poets with paying publications. The payments aren’t confined to cash; the publications also offer contributor copies and/or subscriptions. (In case you were wondering, Quail Bell Magazine is the only publication that compensates its writers in “serious fairy punk cred.")
The mastermind behind the operation is Mariya Lysenkova. She is an IT professional with a non-fiction writing background. Her foray into creative writing started out a hobby. When she started to pursue it professionally, she tried to keep her morale afloat amidst the sea of rejection letters that most writers find themselves entrenched in from time to time.
“There are only so many rejections from The Paris Review and Tin House before you start asking, ‘So who wants slightly sucky poetry?’” said Lysenkova.
Initially, Lysenkova wanted to make a more general site devoted to the creative writing market at large. When taking into consideration the Internet's poverty of a poetry-specific directory, she took one for the team and launched PoetryMarkets.com. You can pay for access to other online directories, but the truth is that "if you're looking to build something high-quality there's only so much you can do given a fixed timeline and budget." PoetryMarkets.com puts this plight to an end by granting access to information about poetry markets that might otherwise allude the poets who seek them out.
"I want the submission process to be as fun as writing," said Lysenkova, "and it should cost as much. Which is to say, it should be free."
Every poem has a home. It's just a matter of finding the right one. In the past, I would have to wade through countless websites and listings that accept rhyme poetry, only to find that nearly half of them were no longer in action or had long since altered their guidelines. Now, I can simply type "rhyme" into the search engine and find active publishers that accept rhyme poetry.
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Every poem has a soulmate. Find that publication today.
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