It seems like just about every time I turn on my computer I receive a notice about another new online journal. Needless to say, since anyone can start an online journal—and often without expense—there's a good deal of disparity in the quality of these journals. Some are quite dreadful; others are very good. So it's important to check out the masthead to note the credentials of the editors and staff. Check out the Archives if there are past issues. Note the poets and poems that have appeared in past issues. Note the format of the journal. Is this one where you'd be proud to have your work displayed?
I've gathered a list of seven fairly new or brand new online journals that seem to be doing a great job. In order to get on my list, the journal had to meet certain criteria:
- reveals identity of the editors
- is visually attractive and easy to read—no black background with white or colored fonts
- does not use a pdf format
- does not post poems side by side
- does not use a single page scroll-down format
- posts poems by a single poet on a single page or one poem per page
- has easy and clear navigation through the journal
- uses social media to promote the journal—ideally should provide Facebook and Twitter links for poems
Titles are linked to the website. Number of issues per year is indicated after the title. Reading period appears on second line.
Dialogist: Quarterly Poetry & Art—4x
Four Way Review—2x
November 1 – March 1 for spring issue; April 1 – October 1 for fall issue
Tinderbox Poetry Journal—4x
all year but they close submissions once they fill the upcoming issue or reach 300 submissions. Check their Submittable page to confirm that submissions are open.