Friday, October 09, 2009

Non-Contest Poetry Publishers - Another Addition

Dream Horse Press has been added to my website page of Non-Contest Poetry Publishers. The press accepts unsolicited queries throughout the year. I hope this is the start of a trend, as the list had become pretty thin last year.

I understand the economics of contests -- understand it all too well -- and the dismal sales of poetry books. But there has to be a better way to sustain small presses than essentially running contests as the only way of generating revenue. For one thing, it comes too close to a gambler's version of vanity publishing. For another, it sustains the closed system of poetry-for-poets and pretty much nobody else paying any attention to it.

Let's see some thinking outside the box. Someone's bound to invent a new way to get poetry out there and published and read! Most of all, read.

Rant over.


  1. Rachel,

    Steel Toe Books will be having another open reading period from 1/1/2010-2/14/2010.


  2. Anonymous12:05 PM

    Your Daily Poem (http://www.yourdailypoem)welcomes unsolicited submissions any time. Please do review guidelines on the "About Us" page as we are atypical of most poetry sites. We dream of being able to offer some small payment to our featured poets at some point; for now, the best we can do is foot the bill to showcase good work that deserves to be seen.