List of the Best Literary Magazines for Poetry

Poetry is an art unto itself; but it feels like there are less and less poetry markets to submit your work to. The good news is that it’s not true at all – there are many markets for poetry, and some excellent literary magazines out there that publish poems. Here’s a look at some of the best literary magazines for poetry out there.

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The Drum Literary Magazine

The Drum is a magazine open to all styles of fiction, and they also publish keen poetry from new or established poets. Full guidelines are available on their website, and keep in mind for your submission that they are an audio magazine – ideal for poetry.


Prufrock is a new literary magazine that looks for good stories in any form – both fiction and nonfiction. They are fluid with their guidelines, and enjoy publishing poetry on a regular basis.

Diode Poetry Journal

There are a few excellent literary journals out there that are just aimed at poetry; Diode Poetry Journal is one of the best. They accept poetry across a wide variety of genres, and poetry in almost every form: Submit if you love poetry.

Black Fox Literary Magazine

Black Fox Literary Magazine is a literary magazine aimed at fiction and nonfiction, but they accept and publish a considerable amount of poetry throughout the year. They are published twice per year.

Shooter Literary Magazine

Shooter Literary Magazine accepts fiction, nonfiction and poetry submissions all year round, and they favour good stories with some necessary edge – but nothing too over the top.


HOOT is a literary magazine with a difference: They are published as a miniature literary magazine, and they are also a registered nonprofit organization. They publish fiction, nonfiction, book reviews and poetry.

The Halcyone

The Halcyone is published quarterly and publishes poetry and writing, be it fiction or nonfiction: They are looking for serious literary work from their writers.

POETRY Magazine

Into serious classics? Then you’ll love POETRY Magazine, reported to be one of the oldest poetry magazines out there – and, of course, they will consider all forms of exceptional poetry for publication – published monthly.

African Sun Press

African Sun Press is another exceptional literary magazine that focuses only on publishing works of great poetry. They accept work from new and established authors, and writers who find themselves who are somewhere in the middle.

Better Than Starbucks

Kick back and make a nice brew with the best coffee maker in 2019! Better Than Starbucks is a new literary magazine devoted to publishing poetry in any and all forms; this includes free verse and haiku, and even poetry translations and interviews with poets.

Solstice Literary Magazine

Solstice Literary Magazine publishes “diverse voices” and wants stories and poetry from authors who have something to say.

Light Poetry Magazine

Light Poetry Magazine is another market that’s focused especially on publishing good poetry, and they take almost all forms of poetry with an inspiring message.

Arc Poetry Magazine

Arc Poetry Magazine is a magazine exclusively for poetry. They’re based in Canada, but will consider submissions from authors all over the world. Overall, they’re looking for excellent stories. Tell yours!