Some students recently asked for suggestions on where to submit, where to meet more writers and where they can find events, so I put together this list for them. I’m posting it here so anyone can find it. If I missed something, please let me know.
Local poetry resources (for the greater Philadelphia area)
Philadelphia Stories: A great local literary magazine and book publisher (ok, maybe I’m biased). It also hosts several literary events throughout the year, including LitLife (held each year in April at Rosemont College). Website.
Apiary Magazine: a Philadelphia-based literary pub, both online and in print, host several events.
Moonstone: a Philadelphia-based arts organization that hosts readings (mostly at Fergie’s Pub), contests and other poetry things. Website.
Mad Poets Society: Chester and Montgomery county-based poetry group with loads of events including readings and workshops, even an annual bonfire—all free. The events listings on their site don’t seem to be up to date, so call or email them to confirm things are still happening.
Greater Philadelphia Wordshop Studio: Workshop based in Delaware county hosted by Allison Hicks. Info here.
Montgomery County Poet Laureate Program: It’s more than just an annual contest. MCPL hosts events throughout the year. Website.
Big Blue Marble: Small independent bookstore in Mt Airy Philadelphia, hosts book clubs, readings and other events. Website.
Philadelphia Writer’s Conference: Annual conference with workshops and lectures. There’s more of an emphasis on prose (non-fiction and genre fiction) but they always have a few poetry sessions as well. It’s good for networking and meeting people. Website.
Cleaver Magazine: Philadelphia based literary website that published local, national and international writers. Look especially at the craft essay section called Writer-to-Writer for essays about writing and the writing life. (disclosure–I’m the poetry craft essay editor). Website.
Rosemont Writer’s Studio: An ongoing series of workshops on poetry, short stories, memoir and more. These are 6-week, non-credit classes open to anyone, held a Rosemont College. I frequently teach the poetry workshops. Website.
A Novel Idea: Bookstore in East Passyunk that frequently hosts readings, workshops and discussions. Website.
Blue Stoop (A Home for Philly Writers): An organization that hosts readings, discussions and workshops at various places in Philadelphia. Website.
Caesura Poetry Festival: Held in the fall at Camphill Soltane. It features two days of poetry workshops and discussions, plus other activities. Sponsored by the Montgomery County Poet Laureate program. Website.
Entropy: publishes “Where to Submit” posts every few months, and breaks it down by book presses, contests and journals (online and off)
ReviewReview is a web site about journals and online literary sites and posts calls to submit.
NewPages is a site with contests listing, journal listings and reviews
Doutrope helps you track your submissions and find places to send work, but you have to pay an annual fee, and I find the quality of most of their listing to be poor or random and not worth the price. It’s also a lazy way to discover journals. Don’t be lazy by letting an algorithm pick your publications—do the work.
Facebook has several pages dedicated to calls for submission.
Here’s a post I wrote about how I find publications to submit to.
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