This is the listing of all small press magazines that publish poetry and print over 1,000 copies of each issue that I can find numbers for. With a few exceptions, all of the circulation numbers come from the CLMP Directory, which is publicly available online. Note that the CLMP data is self-reported by each magazine and may not be up to date, even at the time of this posting. A few magazines, like POETRY, APR, and Paris Review donâ€™t have circulations listed on the directory, so Iâ€™ve used other reported sources that I could find on the internet (ad sheets, news articles, etc.)Â I canâ€™t guarantee that any of this information is accurate, other than whatâ€™s listed for Rattle.
If you think Iâ€™ve omitted any magazines that should be listed, check the CLMP.org Directory (or some other source) and let me know.
Possibly missing (but can’t find data for):
For an estimate of submission volume, I used Rattleâ€™s known quantity to extrapolate from the number of submissions reported to Duotrope for each magazine. It was six months ago that I did this, but I think it was about 7x the number of submissions reported there (Rattle had over 2,000 responses reported, and at the time only Poetry and Hayden’s Ferry had over 1,000).Â I believe that this methodology is under-reporting for the most established magazines, because the demographic that uses Duotrope is younger and more internet savvy, and so postal submissions are underrepresented there.Â Because Duotrope is now subscription based, I probably won’t be able to update that list.Â The numbers provided are an estimate of submission packets, not individual poems.Â In most cases the number of poems would be four or five times the number of packets received.Â Rattle receives about 70,000 poems per year.
|3||American Poetry Review||14,000||9,000||3,100|
|14||Crab Orchard Review||3,300||2,300||1,300|
|21||The Gettysburg Review||2,500||2,000||n/a|
|27||New England Review||1,600||1,000||2,100|
|28||New York Quarterly||1,500||800||1,900|
|31||Beloit Poetry Journal||1,300||670||2,000|
|32||Hayden’s Ferry Review||1,300||400||10,800|
|34||Southern Poetry Review||1,200||1,000||2,100|
|Statistics compiled from the CLMP online directory as of March 18, 2013, and other sources.|
|*Poetry Submission Packets/Year estimated from Duotrope listings as of 9/19/12 (back when it was free and publicly available).|
Note that the CLMP data is self-reported by each magazine and may not be up to date, even at the time of
Made this comment an introduction to the chart.
In the introduction to the Poetry 100 anthology, Christian Wiman mentions that Poetry magazine receives over 100,000 poems per year. Assuming he’s only referring to submissions to the magazine (and not Ruth Lilly Fellowship poems, etc.), then that should put their submission volume closer to 25,000 packets. But I’m leaving the Duotrope number for consistency.
I think Image journal prints more than 1,000 copies? I could be wrong. http://imagejournal.org.
They don’t have a full listing in the directory. If you can find any evidence, let me know!
Good call, I don’t know how I forget them. Slotted in at #21 by CLMP. I don’t have a Duotrope account anymore, so can’t look up the submission number.
So many reviews and so much good poetry! Keep up the great work with Rattle.
Nimrod seems to be missing: http://www.clmp.org/directory/details.php?id=647
Good catch! I haven’t updated this in almost three years, but I should. Rattle is up to a print run of 8,000 and 6,000 subscribers. And 32,000 submissions per year. Would be good to update the rest.