What are some Legitimate poetry contest or some poetry books to submit a poem to?

I wrote a poem about the death of my young child. Everyone keeps telling me to enter it into poetry contest. I recently submitted it to a book and am awaiting a reply. This is a poem that really means a lot to me and I do not want to get scammed or anything. Can you please just give me name of websites or poetry books to submit my poem to. All information is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

One Response to What are some Legitimate poetry contest or some poetry books to submit a poem to?

  1. classmate

    You might want to consider submitting to magazines rather than to books. The book “Poet’s Market” (your local library might have a copy) is full of information about journals that publish poetry.

    http://www.poetsmarket.com/

    You can also find out about online poetry magazines at this site:

    http://www.newpages.com/NPGuides/litmags_online.htm

    Contests are probably not a good bet for you. Most of the legitimate ones charge entry fees and select only a small number of winners (often only one), whereas magazines, both print and online, choose quite a number of poems from those they receive in each submission period.

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