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How Alan Reading can get Published, and you, yes YOU too!

Okay, I don’t publicise this widely. But I am actually a world famous poet, ask anyone . . . just don’t ask them if they know who I am :)

Seriously, though I have published poetry in the past, in fact, you can still view Transformation which is archived online at

Seeing as there are a lot of you Redbubblers pouring your poetry souls into your journals, and Alan Reading who asked Celia Coulter, How do I get published? Huh? Huh? Huh? So I thought I might just share some thoughts.

Now the sort of poetry I have had publsihed is generally in the sci-fi, fantasy, and horror genres, but I like to think they have a literary quality too but who am I to judge.

In this new fangled internet age there are lots of markets for poetry. The first rule you should abide by though, is never let anyone charge you to publish your poetry. They should be paying you – true they probably won’t pay much but at the very least you should get a free copy of the publication you get published in.

There are plenty of internet sites around with markets for poets, particularly independent presses and zines (which are typically small operations run by a couple of people for the love of poetry). And then there are pro markets which are not really in my realm of experience.

Both pro, semi-pro and “for the love of it” magazine tend to buy first publication rights and don’t want reprints, so publishing your future poetic masterpiece in your Redbubble journal is a no no if you have hopes of placing it somewhere in the future. As sorry folks, that counts as first publication.

A bonus for Redbubblers is that a lot of these little magazines are also looking for cover art and internal art and they usually pay more for that than they do for the poetry.

My favourite site for markets is Ralan’s Webstravaganza
It’s a little kooky but the information is great and of relevance to poets, short story writers and more.

I also quite like the US based Sams Dot Publishing the site is not the best designed in the world and they don’t pay huge amounts of money but they do publish a wide range of zines – horror, sci-fi, fantasy, poetry . Both online and print magazines and the anthologies. Their submission guidelines are also great for sparking some ideas – even if you decide not to submit.

They also buy art people. In fact I did the cover for issue 3 of Scifaikuest as well has having some SciFaiku (sci-fi haiku) published in both online and print issues – they are great fun to play around with.

But as I said, check their site and guidelines because they do publish a wide variety of publications some even for kids.

For the Aussies out there we have some great sci-fi, horror and fantasy magazines. Most tend to have a somewhat erratic publishing schedule but they do tend to appear eventually.

My favourites are Dark Animus , Aurealis and Andromeda Spaceways but there are more check the Australian Speculative Writers Website for links to different markets.

Other useful sites are The Australian Horror Writers Association and "Australian

Speculative Fiction": site.

What other tips can I give, read the submission guidelines, study their site to see what sort of thing they are looking for. Submit your work and be polite. Join a writers centre/group I’ve heard they can be very helpful.

Don’t take rejections to heart – there are other markets to submit to and not every editor will like your style. Some email rejections can come across as brief and impersonal, sometimes even rude. Don’t take it personally, if it’s a good publication maybe try them a second time, if they are still rude – move on to a market where the editor has better manners.

Last of all, write poetry for the love of it. If you are looking for fame, fortune and recognition the best you can hope for is the latter. You might be able to make a little money from your poetry but I doubt you can make a living full time.

And if you can prove me wrong on that count I say — congrats. Send me a donation from all your riches – you can spare it, you know you can.

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