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hey there poetry pals welcome back to another video this week i'm going to give you some tips on how to find journals magazines and competitions to submit your poems to before we go any further please make sure you're subscribed and have notifications on it really helps more creators like me get found i make new videos every week about writing and reading poetry and how to be a poet and generally lots of good stuff so yeah subscribe while we're on the subject why not follow me on social media i am josie alford poet on all the things and i post top quality content yeah i get fed up of um youtubers who are like follow me on instagram i post mediocre stuff i'm like no i post great stuff and you'd have a great time following me on social media so why don't you just go ahead and do that so i've made a couple of videos already about um how to get your poems published specifically like how to submit your poems and then also another video on um your submission spreadsheet but rose p actually commented on a previous video asking me to do one about how to find places to submit so that's what we're going to focus on today in this video i'm going to focus mainly on how to um find places to publish individual poems or a small number of poems rather than a whole collection if you'd like me to do a video on how to find a publisher for your whole collection let me know in the comments below and i will of course do that and i hope this video is proof that i do read and respond to comments so if you do have a request of something that you'd like me to cover in a video comment down below and i'll link to my previous videos on how to publish poems in the description below so you can watch them if you haven't already i hope you guys find this useful anyway let's crack on with the video i've come up with a range of tips but they sort of mainly fall into two categories one is how to find the um publications that you want to submit to and the other ones are how to decide if they're the right ones for you so tip number one is angela t carr's blog i'll link it in the description below but angela does a lot of hard work to post monthly blog posts with all loads and loads of um publications and competitions that have submission deadlines that month they are super great i use that blog all the time and it is one of the most useful things i've found in my time in the internet by doing poetry so i'll link it in the description below um yeah it's super great it's just got a list of all of the publications that have deadlines in that month she updates it monthly it's fantastic there you go that's the like number one thing you can do to find uh publications number two is submittable now i've talked about submittable in previous videos i've um yet to do a whole video on how exactly that works if you do want to um see a video on that just comment down below but the cool thing uh but basically submittable is an online platform that some publications use to accept submissions it's pretty great because you've got all the information of how to submit and what they're looking for in one place but relevant to this video submittable also has a discover tab which has all of their submissions that are open with their deadlines listed you do have to filter it to poetry as a lot of different art forms use the same thing and obviously if you are watching this as a fiction writer or a short story writer then you can filter it to that as well the list that you get is massive and from all over the world i've noticed that most of the ones that you find in there are american and as i'm uk based generally i like to send most of my submissions to uk based publications but there's nothing wrong with submitting to america especially in the age of the internet hey like let's go global why not but you will do need to do some research to find out if these ones are the best place for your poems so tip number three is books uh if you are a poet and you want to be publishing your poems then the number one thing you need to be doing is reading poetry as well the cool thing is is you can use your favorite poetry books which would be i assume by your favorite poems and presumably the poets who have influenced you the most you can use them to find out where they published their poems near the front of the book will be an acknowledgements page where they've listed all the places where their poems have been submitted before or accepted for publication so for example with don patterson's 40 sonnets which hey man if you're looking to improve on sonnets a couple of pages in we've got the acknowledgements page it does include um you know thanking for people for meticulous comments but poems in this book have been published by the blinking eye contemporary poetry and contemporary science elsewhere granter the guardian hiding in full view jubilee lines london review of books new yorker new york review of books one for the trouble plowshares and the sunday telegraph he's also been commissioned by the national gallery bristol festival life ideas edinburgh international book festival mcsweeney's cambridge thresholds project whipple museum and the arden bloomsbury shakespeare 400 project so that is a very very impressive acknowledgements page and you're looking to build up your own acknowledgements page that's the whole reason why we're submitting individual poems places is so that when we do go to submit our whole collection we've got a tidy little acknowledgements page like that but you can use your favorite poets and like maybe people who have a similar style to you to see where they got accepted because chances are that's where somewhere you might get accepted as well so number four is related to number three but it's just follow other poets on social media if you're watching this video chances are you're on social media and if you're following other poets especially people who are maybe in a similar place to you career-wise but also you know aspirationally people who are ahead of you if you're following all of them you'll keep up to date on where they're getting published and you can add those to your list the whole idea is that you if you've watched my video on submission spreadsheet the whole idea is that you want a long list of uh possible publications to send your poems to and by following poets that you look up to and admire you can just borrow the ones that they've submitted to to put them on your list tip number five is recruit your poetry pals um i have a fantastic group of poetry pals and one of the things that i started doing we started doing when i was on my masters is for the second term we had to provide book reports on uh different publications so each week we'd have to go away and research a different magazine and come back so that we could share the information with each other what it ended up being is that by the end of the term each of us had a list of 40 publications that were really well researched we had a strong idea of the quality of the publication what sort of thing they were looking for and also the likelihood of us getting published in there um so yeah recruit your poetry pals m
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- Hermine Thome, Staff Member
hi my name is Laura and today I'm going to talk with you about how to copy write a poem I'm going to give you some elements for the poor man's copyright which is basically to get a hold of a regular Militello envelope and to address it to yourself the day that you finish the poem to your liking and you wanted to be copyrighted you're gonna print it off and put it into your envelope you're gonna seal it and you're going to date the the date that you sent this to yourself on the inside and of course it's also gonna be dated whenever you send it and so you're going to send this to yourself and you're not going to open it this will serve as proof in court that you mailed this to yourself on the day that you said you did and that this is your work today there are really not a whole lot of ways to save yourself from being ripped off other than doing that and also maybe registering it but you can also just use the copyright symbol and put that next to your your particular comb or your at the end of your work or on the very title page of your play or whatever you're doing and then that way that serves as a deterrent for people who want to steal your stuff but really there's no way for someone to pretend as though they did what you have done if you have it on your computer and you have sent it to yourself in this sort of hard copy format so that is the way to copyright a poem
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- Hermine Thome
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I've studied toxicology at Baptist University of the Americas in San Antonio and I am an expert in archaeomythology. I usually feel crappy. My previous job was writer /author I held this position for 31 years, I love talking about powerlifting and billards. Huge fan of Ken Jeong I practice qi gong and collect pez.
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