Still working off of the public Google doc Journals That Pay FOR POEMS. Now that I have my copy of the spreadsheet organized, the hard part has been scrolling through my work to find something that fits the tone of where I want to submit. Today’s submission is to Through the Gate.
They don’t seem to have an “about” page but this is from their submissions page:
We are looking for fantastical poetry of literary and emotional depth from a diversity of voices and perspectives. Our definition of fantastical is quite fluid, encompassing fantasy, magic realism, myth, folklore, surrealism and slipstream. We desire poetry that is atypically beautiful, unconventionally imaginative and boundary-crossing. We are not interested in poetry that is quite obviously science fiction or mainstream, but work that blurs the lines between such genres and the fantastical is welcome.
We place no limitations on what we will consider in regards to form or style. Try us with anything from prose and hypertext poetry to sonnets and villanelles. We wish to see everything: divergent, traditional, curious and otherwise.
As we are a publication that seeks to diversify what the fantastical offers, we delight in receiving work from underrepresented perspectives, including feminist, queer, asexual, non-binary, trans*, neurodiverse, disabled and multicultural voices.
I honestly am not sure if my submissions are “fantastical” enough for this journal but I did my best with the three I sent in. Wish me luck!
Are you submitting your work to journals and magazines? What has your experience been so far? I would love to hear from you in the comments!