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2/9/11

Necessary for Poets: review - 2011 Poet's Market

Have you bought it yet? If you are intending to be a published poet, and, like me, no one has heard of you, you need "2011 Poet's Market."

As a poet often writing with religious overtones, I need to know which publications, secular and religious, are open to such poetry. Some do not want to see any sort of religious poetry, and others are open, but with limits, and others welcome it. This book helps me avoid wasting my time, their time, and postage. By using this book, everyone is happy.

I have used this guide successfully to be published. It is thorough, packed with info. The articles found between sections help me see the process more clearly, strategies and what to avoid.

Useful are the icons indicating if they pay, or won awards, etc. You'll find the icons essential, as you determine which publishers pay, which are new additions to the guide, which are open to newer writers, etc. For example, you can avoid sending too many poems (and save a few stamps) by knowing a publisher only wants to see five poems. Or, who will accept submissions via e-mail? That's here.

2011 Poet's MarketOccasionally, as with the entry for "Pinyon", an annual published out of Mesa State College in Colorado, the advice is less useful. They say, "Send us your best work!" I am not certain why I would do otherwise, but there you have it. More often than not, though, editors recognize that inclusion will result in poetry meeting their needs, and careful think through their entry.

Also, if you are looking to get into the religious market, Poet's Market is just a start. It is decent, but only covers the largest publishers in this genre. You should also buy Sally Stuart's "Christian Writer's Market Guide," a very similarly structured book, the definitive guide for Christian writers.

I fully recommend the "2011 Poet's Market."

Anthony Trendl
http://anthonytrendl.com/
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