Where to Submit Visual Poetry & Concrete Poetry

In a former post, we list ten great examples of visual poetry. There, we mention a few journals you might wish to read for the very best in the form. We thought we'd list these fabulous venues for the would-be visual poet. If you are a wordsmith ready to brave the visual in order to hazard expressive significance in an age of image-textual saturation—then these prestigious journals and publishers are looking for you.

This alphabetical list features mainly page-based forms of vispo—or non-moving versions (more soon on the video-based…)

3AM

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A premier online literary magazine with lasting and significant interest in visual poetry, particularly in their “Poem Brut” series. The editors describe these as

poems exploring handwriting, abstraction, illustration, asemic and pansemic writing, visual poetry and material process, colour, scribbling, scrawlings, crossings out, ink, forgotten notes, found text, interaction between paper and pen, and pencil, geometric poems, inarticulate poems, minimalism, collage, toilet wall writing. No works produced on a computer.

Recent visual poets published there include Vilde Valerie Bjerke Torset and Simon Brown.

Atticus Review

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Atticus makes regularly use of visual poetry, with a preference for video and digital experimentation. As they put it

Atticus Review is a daily online journal that publishes fiction, flash, poems, creative nonfiction, video, music, book reviews, cartoons, animation, and whatever else we find worthy of eyes.

DIAGRAM

Ably managed by Ander Monson, The Diagram likes its writing weirdly schematic.

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our name indicates, we're interested in representations. In naming. In indicating. In schematics. In the labelling and taxonomy of things. In poems that masquerade as stories

Recent visual poets published in Diagram include Ryan Mihaly and Sarah J. Sloat.

Five:To:One

Refreshingly rogue, this print and online journal wants to be that velvet pillow on which all things weird get displayed. But what is weird?

Visual, concrete, conceptual, language, flarf, found poems, hybrid / cross genre audio poetry is weird and we adore that.

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In addition to those noted above, other recent visual poets published in Five:To:One include Jerrod Schwarz and David Felix.


Ghost Proposal

GP is a digital journal that publishes “poetry, essays, hybrid works of both, works that nestle in between poetry and essays, works that stretch the boundaries of poetry and essays. We publish images and multimedia.” Editor-in-Chief Naomi Washer and her team “do not label by genre,” and their journal is known for its commitment to genre experimentation and innovative approaches to poetic form. (http://www.ghostproposal.com/issue_sf/)

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Their “windowframes” submission category may be of particular interest to visual poets. Here are the instructions

Send in a photograph, video, or sound clip of the image, song, or moment accompanied by a piece of writing – of any length, in any style or form – that brings us into your moment of awareness.

Recent visual poets published in Ghost Proposal include Joyelle McSweeney, Helen Hofling and Izzy Oneiric.

h&

A poetry blog curated by Ian Whistle featuring, what they call, visual/concrete poetry and assorted other oddities,” h& is a reliable source for quality visuals.

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Whether you call it “Hand” or “Hampersand,” you’ll want to send h& your best material. If accepted, it will join the ranks alongside that of Shloka Shankar, Jeff Bagato, and Alyse Knorr.

Indianapolis Review

Editor extrordinaire, Natalie Solmer, edits the poetry and art of this journal to function as a healing salve for all the woes of our usual, a-poetic existence.

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As part of the cure, this journal eagerly seeks visual poetry. Though they typically focus on the local, they are not shy about liking poetry omnivorously…

The Indianapolis Review is a madwoman, awake at 3am, obsessively reading and writing poems. Come join her, if you dare.

Nashville Review

A staple for poetry comics, NR showcases the very best in visual poetry thanks to the formidable stewardship of editor-in-chief Samuel Rutter and Visual Art Editor Joanna Currey and Comics Editor: Joshua Moore.

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Recent visual poems or poetry comics published in Nashville Review are by Dave Sims, Gabrielle Bates & Adrienne Raphel,

Poetry Northwest

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Editors, Aaron Barrell and Erin Malone maintain a quality archive of visual poems in this Seattle-based organ of literary culture since 1959.

Profound examples of visual poetry have been published in Poetry Northwest by Quenton Baker, Jessy Randall, and Colleen Louise Barry.

Rattle

We were delighted to see one of Rattle’s recent tribute issues go to visual poetry. A durable online source of poetry, Rattle has embraced visual elements as part of its poetic fare, going so far as to host an ekphrastic challenge.

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Next on their publishing agenda is a special issue on what they call Instagram poets. They describe it in the following way:

The poems may be any style, length, or subject, but must have first appeared on Instagram and not yet appeared in print. Our goal is to find the best poetry that's happening on this new and dynamic platform, and the best poets who are primarily publishing there. Submissions may include artwork if you have the ability to license its use

Timber

TIMBER: A Journal of New Writing is a new digital publication run by candidates in the MFA program at the University of Colorado Boulder. They publish poetry, prose, and visual poetry, and on the question of editorial preferences, their website reports to want “hybrid work that pushes against the limits of genre” and “work that makes us want to scream at the top of our lungs, lest we be caught in danger, otherwise.” Submissions of visual poetry should be directed to visual poetry editor Elana Friedl

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Recent visual poetry in TIMBER may be found by Brooke Larson and Lisa Folkmire.

TYPO

TYPO is a digital poetry journal edited by Adam Clay and Matthew Henriksen. Despite TYPO’s spare aesthetic (few illustrations, no author bios), the editors embrace a range of poetry—from the conventionally lineated to the experimental.

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Although they do not mention visual poetry in their editorial guidelines, we are confident that they are open to it because we had some of our own work published in their most recent issue.

Word For Word

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An eclectic online journal, Word for Word caters to the visual. As you can see, they have recently published a fair number of visual poetry, by such writers as Brian Strang, Drew B. David, Emmitt Conklin, Mario José Cervantes, Andrew Brenza, Mark Young, Jim Andrews, Andrew Topel, David Felix, Clay Thistleton, Jeff Bagato, and Adriána Kóbor and József Bíró.