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  • Writer's pictureMuhammad Zain Rasheed

The Ins and Outs of Submitting Poetry to Picador

Submitting poetry to Picador can be a great opportunity for poets to get their work published by a reputable publisher. However, it's important to understand the submission process and what you need to know before submitting your poetry. Here are some key things to keep in mind when submitting poetry to Picador:

  1. Research the publisher: Before submitting your work, research Picador and the specific imprint you are interested in submitting to. Look at the types of poetry they have published in the past and make sure your work aligns with their aesthetic.

  2. Check for open submission periods: Picador only accepts poetry submissions during specific open submission periods, typically announced on their website or social media platforms. Make sure to submit during one of these open periods to ensure your work is considered.

  3. Read the submission guidelines: Each imprint will have their own specific submission guidelines. Make sure you read these carefully and follow them to the letter. This includes formatting, number of poems and word count.

  4. Prepare your submission package: Your submission package should include a cover letter, a brief bio, and a selection of your best poetry. Make sure your cover letter is professional and well-written, and that your bio highlights your accomplishments as a poet.

  5. Submit your work: Once your submission package is ready, submit it to the publisher according to their guidelines. You can either email or mail your submission package.

  6. Wait for a response: The submission process can take several months, so be patient. If you don't hear back from the publisher within a reasonable time frame, you may want to follow up with them to inquire about the status of your submission.

  7. Revise and resubmit: If your work is not accepted, don't be discouraged. Take the feedback you receive and use it to improve your poetry. Then revise and resubmit your work to other publishers.

It's important to keep in mind that the submission process can be competitive and rejection is a normal part of the process. However, by researching the publisher, preparing a professional submission package, and following the guidelines, you increase your chances of getting your poetry published by Picador. It's also important to note that many publishers only accept work from literary agents and it's worth looking into if you have an agent, if not, you may want to consider approaching a literary agent to represent you and submit your work on your behalf.

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