by Karen L. Newman
Okay, you’ve written the best horror poem since Edgar Allan Poe. Now, where do you place it? Several new horror poetry markets have opened for you to consider. Some of these are
Dark Moon Books: The Scary Poetry Contest 1st place is $50 and publication in Poems of Monsters, Mayhem and Madness: Poetry To Keep You Awake At Night! Deadline July 1, 2010.
Poe Little Thing $0.25 per line up to 50 lines Deadline September 1, 2010 Theme: IN SPACE NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM.
Some older markets open for submissions include
Chizine $10 per poem (professional pay if poem is 40 lines or less).
The Pedestal Magazine $40 per poem.
Asimov’s $1 per line, but poem has to be science fiction.
Strange Horizons $20 per poem that has to be speculative.
Aberrant Dreams $1 per line for supernatural horror.
Ideomancer $6 per poem that must be speculative (professional pay if poem is 24 lines or less).
Abandoned Towers $5 per poem (professional pay if poem is 20 lines or less).
Dreams and Nightmares $12 per poem (professional if poem is 48 lines or less).
Mythic Delirium $5 per poem (professional pay if poem is 20 lines or less).
Paper Crow $0.25 per line, $5 minimum.
Scheherezade’s Bequest $5 per poem that must be fairy tales (professional if poem is 20 lines or less).
Strong Verse $10 per poem (professional if poem is 40 lines or less).
So there you have it – professional payment for your poems, both for money and potential eligibility into Horror Writers Association (You need 10 professional poetry sales, ie. $0.25 per line, minimum 20 lines for active membership). So don’t just sit there. Write. Publish. And certainly don’t perish.
--Karen L. Newman