The process of finding work to fit into the theme of a publication is the hardest part of all of this right now. On the home page of Bracken, it says it is “A new market for lyrical fiction and poetry, inspired by the wood and what lies in its shadows.” O-kay. Sounds lovely. It also sounds deeply intimidating because I don’t have poems that I would describe this way.
From their About page:
Bracken is an open-minded, quarterly magazine with a preference for magic realism.
Inspired by old world storytelling with roots in the wood’s shadows, we embrace both the literary and the fantastic—an open scope exploring the Other’s consciousness in the present day.
From their Submit page:
Bracken supports diversity in speculative fiction and welcomes stories by and about individuals of all ages, classes, disabilities, ethnicities, genders, nationalities, races, religions, and sexual orientations.
Bracken purchases first worldwide English-language serial and electronic rights. Each story or poem we acquire will be published on brackenmagazine.com in an electronic quarterly issue. We may also excerpt stories and poems for promotional purposes. The author retains all other rights.
Simultaneous submissions are considered. We just ask that you let us know if your piece was accepted elsewhere.
Send all submissions in the body of an email to subs AT brackenmagazine.com.
We accept most styles of poetry, although we are somewhat biased toward the lyrical over the narrative. Rhymed verse is not discouraged, but we know how difficult it is to do well.
Send us poems that will have us feel the wood’s presences, material and immaterial, known but to be seen anew, or unknown and to be revealed. We want poems that will slip in under the skin, grasp us by the throat, and change the light in the room.
up to 4 poems per submission
no longer than 100 lines (we prefer shorter pieces)
original and unpublished
no multiple submissions
subject line: Poetry Sub “<A poem title>”
your name and contact information
titles of your poems
a bit about yourself, including brief publication history
your poems in the body of the email; no attachments
Payment: we pay $15/poem
Sadly, my best and most favorite poem that TOTALLY fits into the theme of this magazine is one that is published in my most recent charity poetry book that was done via Swimming with Elephants Publications so I could not include it in this submission. I don’t really have much “forest” or “woods” based poetry or even anything nearly related like the poems in the online samples.
I did the best I could with what I had and submitted the four poems that I was going to send in for a contest but I decided not to submit to anything that has a fee. Even though I like the poems I sent, I am not confident about this submission. I’ll be crossing my fingers anyway.
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!