We have tried to focus on magazines that accept submissions from anywhere, not just their own country. Of course in the first section - lists of magazines - there will be many that don't or that prefer work from their own nation; so it's advisable to check that point when checking the rules for submission. It is hard to tell which accept submissions from anywhere and which are purely national in scope, but Voices poets have published in magazines that give no sign of being "international."
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Magazines that Accept International Submissions
There are way too many literary magazines to list here individually! So this section contains lists compiled by others, often by poetry organizations or other authorities in the field; the section after this contains a few magazines that focus on international submissions and may not be included in the lists (mainly from countries where English is not the national language).
A list of curated submissions lists, and of databases of magazines. Contains brief notes on each list of magazines, with a link to the list itself. If you have the energy to work your way through this, you might not need any of the other resources in this section!
A selection of magazines, journals, and websites that specifically welcome and/or promote “Jewish” writing, including poetry (each needs to be checked separately to see whether it accepts poetry or only other writing genres). Compiled by Erika Dreifus, a freelance writer and book publicist who also issues The Practicing Writer, “a free (and popular) e-newsletter that features opportunities and resources for fictionists, poets, and writers of creative nonfiction.”
The link goes to the results of a search in the P&W database, for magazines that publish poetry and accept simultaneous submissions. There are around 150 in the list. If you want to expand that, it’s easy to change the filter to “any type of submission” (i.e. simultaneous or not).
Other sources call this database “the definitive list” – the full database, of all literary magazines not limited to poetry or to simultaneous submissions, contains around 1,200 titles.
The list gives the title and one-line description of each magazine. The title links to brief further details, and a link to the magazine’s website. These are mainly British magazines but many of them call themselves “international” or “world poetry” or other text that indicates they accept submissions from elsewhere.
A 2016 list, as ranked by The Best American Poetry. Most are well-known and at least some of them accept international submissions.
Note: the page starts with a long preamble, so that you must scroll down the page to see the start of the actual listing.
A list compiled in August 2018 of poetry magazines that pay “more than a token fee” for poems.
An established UK poet’s curated list, with brief notes, of magazines that she considers “well worth submitting and subscribing to.”
A Canadian company that apart from for-fee services, offers a free monthly Shortlist of upcoming submission deadlines of literary magazines and grant/award opportunities. You can sign up for free to receive this list by email every month, or access it on the website. Paying subscribers get the fuller LongList of submission opportunities.
The list includes magazines from several English-speaking countries.
A Few Individual Magazines that definitely accept international submissions
Appears in Erika Dreifus's list, included above; but worth including individually. An international literary magazine published annually, focusing on the culture and consequences of war. Publishes short fiction, poetry, non-fiction and more, in both print and online versions of the magazine. Pays a small fee for accepted poems. Runs a poetry contest every two years.
For Spring/Summer 2019 issue, "Voices of the Middle East and North Africa", Nimrod International
is currently inviting poems, short stories, creative nonfiction pieces, and translations
from writers from the Middle East and North Africa, including writers
currently living in this region, writers from the region currently living
abroad, and writers of Middle Eastern and North African heritage. For details see https://nimrod.utulsa.edu/manuscripts.html.
The publication of the Poetry Foundation; its mission is to print the best poetry written today, in whatever style, genre, or approach. On average, the magazine receives more than 150,000 submissions per year from around the world.
"The magazine established its reputation early by publishing the first important poems of T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, H.D., William Carlos Williams, Carl Sandburg, and other now-classic authors. In succeeding decades it has presented—often for the first time—works by virtually every significant poet of the 20th and 21st centuries. It continues to print the major English-speaking poets while presenting emerging talents in all their variety. In recent years, more than a third of the authors published in the magazine have been writers appearing for the first time."
Offers a poetry competition (apparently annual) “open to writers of all nationalities living in any part of the world for original, previously unpublished poems in English language on any subject, in any style up to 50 lines long.” Closing date of the current competition is November 30th, 2018. Similarly, offers an annual poetry book competition for full-length poetry collections.
Established in 1967 by the University of Victoria and published quarterly. While the emphasis is on contemporary Canadian work, it also publishes works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction from around the world. Its aim is “to discover the most promising of the new writers and publish their work alongside the best established writers, to present work accurately and attractively to readers, and to increase awareness of Canadian writing in general through perceptive critical comment.”
An Irish literary magazine that accepts poetry and short-fiction submissions, year-long, from around the world. “Work will be considered for any future issue, not just the one closest to date of submission.”
It offers an annual poetry prize which it claims is “one of the biggest prizes in the world for a single unpublished poem. The prize is open to anyone (over 16) as long as the poem is previously unpublished, and each year it attracts thousands of entries from new and established poets from over 50 countries worldwide.” The prize is judged anonymously by a single poet. The current submission period for the prize closes December 31st.
The Poetry Market eZine - https://thepoetrymarket.wordpress.com/about/
A free opt-in subscription-based Ezine published monthly — you may unsubscribe at any time. The Poetry Market Ezine features poetry markets, contests, reviews, and news.
“We have no particular aesthetic vision or mission except to create a safe and encouraging space for all voices. Our goal is to simply find and publish the best poetry we can, no matter its roots in craft.” “Submissions for our Featured Poetry category are open year round to poets at any stage of their career. Featured Poems are published online only and will spotlight a number of poems from new authors each month. We highly encourage emerging authors to submit. Submissions are open internationally, to any poet writing in English.”
The Ekphrastic Review welcomes submissions from Israel, noting that they have not received many from here. Founded in 2015 by a writer and artist “to promote how looking at art could help writers grow and discover unexpected ideas and words from both outside themselves and within.”