The Chicken Soup for the Soul feel-good publishers have a lot of submissions opportunities on their website. If you read carefully, you will see that poems are invited for most (if not all) of the anthologies listed. Check out the relevant page for full details: http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics
Poets who identify as disabled are invited to submit to an anthology of boundary-pushing work. The poems themselves do not need to be on the theme of disability. You must be a resident of Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland or England. Closing date is 31 July 2015. For more information: https://britishdisabledpoetry.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/
‘No Falling Ribbons’ ezine is looking for work for its first issue. Deadline is 31 May 2015. Sorry for the short notice!
The following is copied from their website (http://nofallingribbons.tumblr.com/submissionguidelines):
‘we are currently seeking submissions for our first issue in the form of poetry, prose, articles, opinion pieces, illustration, photography, and music. we are particularly interested in work that falls loosely into the context of feminism – though this is not a neccessity. submissions are free and open to anyone and will be judged on the quality of work rather than the reputation of the writer/artist. because we are still establishing our aesthetic we are open to anything, we want you to surprise us!’
Pantheon Magazine accepts poetry submissions for some of its ‘open prompts’ (http://pantheonmag.com/submissions/open-prompts/). The current prompt accepting poetry is ‘NYX’. Copied from the website: ‘NYX, also known as Nux, Nox or simply Night is a primordial Greek goddess who personifies the essence of night and darkness. She is the ancient goddess of Night-hence the meaning of her name. She is considered to be one of the most powerful divine beings who was born of the giant cosmic being, Chaos. She is often depicted as a great black winged spirit or riding in a chariot, trailing stars and bringing the night. Submissions open December 1st 2014 and close April 30th 2015′
Visit the Pantheon Magazine website and read the submissions and open prompts criteria carefully, as they are very detailed. http://pantheonmag.com/submission-guidelines/
Copied from the website: ‘Rebelling Against Spelling Press (RASP) was founded in 2007 to make books by dyslexics rather than about them.
‘We are looking for poetry that deals with the theme of mistakes, error […] call them what you will. We want poems that tell a story about how something which went wrong turned out for the best. It doesn’t have to be true, or about you, it just has to say something about how a big bad mistake came out great. Poems should be no longer than 1000 words. If you would like to submit something for this publication please send it to us as PDF attachments. Do not paste them into the message field. With “Submission: The best mistake I ever made” written in the subject field. Deadline for submissions is March 2015.’ http://r-a-s-p.co.uk/submissions/
OK: I’ll admit to liking the idea of this one – a whole anthology featuring recipes, stories and poems about tomatoes… http://amoebaink.com/thetomatoanthology.htm. Payment for poems is minimal, but if the kickstarter campaign kicks off (sorry), payment may increase. Deadline 1st February 2015.
A good one if you’ve not had much published to date – they even say you can request feedback if your work is rejected.
Copied from the website (http://sedimentslit.com/submit/):
*We are now accepting submissions for our Newbies Issue!*
Sediments accepts poetry, short stories, and art. Accepted work will be published to this site every Sunday.
◾Please submit 3-5 poems of any length (keeping in mind that shorter poems have a higher chance of getting published) in Word files only (doc or docx).
◾We love to see prose/narrative or lyrical poems and poems that experiment with form.
◾Entertain us with humor and wit or lay something serious and thought-provoking right onto our backs.
◾We would love to see poems that deal with politics, historical events, or poems that are a little more personal.
◾We’re not against love poems, but give those love poems some edge, something we’ve never seen before!
I’ve had the round robin email from the above, and there are several inspiring opportunities. I’m copying and pasting below:
1) We’re currently seeking poems written in traditional or adopted Japanese forms for our spring issue—deadline: October 15th. After that we’re looking for New Yorker Poets (you have to have lived at least half your life in NYC), and Scientist Poets. We’re also reading open submissions any time, and (from now on) will have an open section in every issue—but if any of these themes apply to you, please visit our Calls for Submissions page for more information.
2) We’re also continuing our new program online called Poets Respond—every Sunday we’ll publish a poet’s immediate response to a news event that occurred within the last week. You can read this week’s response, “Labor Day: Atlantic City” by Peter E. Murphy. If you’d like to submit a poem about a current event, there’s a link to use at the bottom of that page. The deadline for consideration each week is Friday at midnight, and the poems have been met with great enthusiasm—including a very positive write-up in the LA Times last week.
3) Given how much fun poets are having with the news a prompt, we’re also experimenting with an “Ekphrasis Challenge.” Issue #45’s cover artist, Judy Keown has supplied a photograph and we’re asking poets to submit poetic responses to it by October 1st. Judy and I will each pick our favorite, and they’ll be published online—those poets will also receive $25. So if that sounds interesting, visit that page.
Just seen that there is a fee to submit your pamphlet to this one (although it is free if the Press has published one of your poems). Small indie publisher The Emma Press has a call-out for poetry pamphlets – but submit soon as the deadline is 31st August 2014. The Emma Press’s usual conditions apply – you must either have bought a copy of an Emma press book/ebook in the past calendar year, or you must have had a poem published in an Emma Press book. http://theemmapress.com/
Silver Birch Press is seeking ‘poetry, prose, art, collage, photography and other work that celebrates this remarkable novel’. Send up to three poems on the theme by 1st September 2014. More information: http://silverbirchpress.wordpress.com/2014/07/14/the-great-gatsby-anthology-silver-birch-press-2015/