Some good advice from Angela Topping for young poets.
I originally wrote this resource for some A level students I was delivering workshops for in Lancashire, but I decided to give it a wider readership. When I was a teacher, I encouraged my students to submit their work to magazines and competitions, and relished seeing their confidence improve. But although there are many oportunities for your poets, not all young people are aware of them. The advice below will apply to oder poets as well, but I have focused it towards youth. At a later stage I will collate similar information for other groups.
All magazines and journals have websites, so it is easy to glean information about them. If possible read them. If you can’t afford to subscribe, source them at the library.
Postal submission: send no more than 6 poems, with your name and address on every page and an SAE big enough to hold all the…
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