Submission Services

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For the busy professional, those new to publishing, or the poet looking for a new readership, The Poet’s Billow will submit your poems and manuscripts so you have time to write and invest in the creative side of your art rather than the business side. Presses, book contests, and journals can be selected by you, or our writers here can select the best and most appropriate publications for you and your poetry.

We also submit chapbooks, full length manuscripts, short fiction, and to post publication awards for recently published books.

All services are arranged and priced according to your needs and goals but here is a general break down of what we charge:

There is an initial $85 start up and submission maintenance fee. (Due to the popularity and work needed for this service the startup fee is being changed to a yearly fee: should we submit poems for more than a year. However, we will follow up on submitted material at no extra cost until all submissions are responded to even if that exceeds a calendar year.)

After initial fee each submissions is $8:
10 Submissions: $80
25 Submissions: $200

The initiating fee allows us to read and consider the poems and cover letter, research journals appropriate for the poems, prepare packets of poems, start spread sheets, an email address, and other odds and ends to set up the submission process. Once that is finished, each submission is $8 plus any additional costs such as when a journal requires a submission fee or takes only snail mail submissions (postage, envelopes, etc.). It is our desire to avoid these fees, but if we feel that your poems are a good fit for a journal with a fee we will contact you.

Not sure which poems to send to us or, if you do your own submissions, which to send to journals? Let us help you pull out your greatest poems from the pile.

To pick ten poems to submit from:
20 pgs – $30
50 pgs – $75
100 pgs – $150
130 pgs – $185

Retainer to Pay Submission Fees
One thing to consider with submissions is how many journals have reading fees. Many good journals have a $2-$3 reading fee you must pay in order to submit. If you are submitting to a lot of journals, to well established journals, or those associated with MFA / PhD writing programs it is likely that eventually you will need to pay these fees. If these type of journals interest you we suggest setting up a retainer. Essentially you will pay the fees in advance to us with your initial payment. At the end of the submission process if there is a remaining balance in the retainer (meaning we did not use it all for submission fees) it will be returned to you or can be allocated for other services.

If we are submitting chapbooks, manuscripts, or to post publication awards a retainer will likely be required.

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