A Beginner's Guide to Submitting Poetry

Updated: Oct 21

A Beginner’s Guide to Submitting Poetry

Over the past years, poetry has seen a resurgence in popularity among young people (Hines). Rupi Kaur, Amanda Gorman, and Atticus, to name a few, have flourished because of the rise in engagement from this demographic. According to “Joy Harjo...Poet Laureate of the United States...a "poetry surge" has been ongoing over the last four years…[but] our current moment may bring about a renaissance” (Hines). Morgan Hines, a reporter for USA Today, writes that one of the main reasons for this “poetry renaissance” is the COVID-19 pandemic. Both writing poetry and reading poetry have become points of interest for young people due to the increasing amounts of free time spent indoors and poetry’s ability to communicate complex feelings in an arguably more digestible format (Hines). With poetry on the rise, though, it is harder for less established poets to receive recognition and break into the industry: while on one hand, the rise of poetry has made poetry more accessible to more readers and has broadened the industry, the competition has increased. Social media, too, has been both a blessing and a curse. While many poets attain massive followings on social media (see Rupi Kaur and Atticus), it is easy to become buried in the hashtags that follow. Here at the Muñoz Publishing House, we want to make sure that young poets’ stories are heard.

A lot of young poets opt for self-publishing poetry on social media, but there are numerous rewards for publishing a poem with a publishing or in a literary magazine. One reason is solely for the experience of preparing a poem and having the confidence to submit it. Once submitted, a poem can be accepted to the literary magazine and the poet can work with an editor, which is hands-on experience that many do not have (Writer’s Relief Staff). Working with an editor can also improve a poet’s future work. Being accepted into a poetry magazine also proves that a poet’s writing is, on some level, “good” (Writer’s Relief Staff). It establishes the writer as someone who is serious about their endeavors. An acceptance also means exposure, an important aspect of writing poetry.

Typically, there are no requirements for submitting poetry to a literary magazine other than preparing a poem to submit. Sometimes, publishing houses take multiple submissions or manuscripts, which could open opportunities for an editor to read more works by the poet. The poet can show the full scope and range of their writing in this way. Muñoz Publishing House is both open to manuscript submission and submissions for our first poetry magazine, and we highly recommend that young and/or unestablished poets utilize this opportunity to have a thorough, interactive reading of their work.

In summary, the rewards of submitting to a literary magazine are extensive. Despite how difficult it can be to enter into the world of poetry, it is always a good idea to take a chance - especially with a publishing house that is dedicated to the needs and interests of the poet. Muñoz Publishing House is currently accepting submissions and would be grateful for the opportunity to review your work.

Works Cited

Hines, Morgan. “A 'Renaissance' Is upon Us: Interest in Poetry on the Rise after Year of Pandemic, Chaos.” USA Today, Gannett Satellite Information Network, 9 Feb. 2021, www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/books/2021/02/08/could-renaissance-coming-poetry-wake-pandemic/6256821002/.

Writer's Relief Staff. “33 Great Reasons Why You Should Submit Your Writing to Literary Magazines.” Writer's Relief, 14 July 2021, writersrelief.com/2018/10/05/33-great-reasons-why-you-should-submit-your-writing-to-literary-magazines-writers-relief/.

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