As a poet for young people, you may dream of having a book published whether it be a poetry collection, non-fiction book told in free verse, picture book told in rhyme, or a verse novel. It can take years to write a book and years for your manuscript to see the light of day as a book after it has been selected to be published.
When a children's poet's first book hits the shelves, s/he wants to get the word out about the book to as many folks as possible. But you might be asking yourself: "Do children's poets have to wait for the release of their first book before they can begin to cultivate a following?" My answer to that question is a resounding "No."
Liz Brownlee is a children's poet based in England who has had her work published in 60+ children's poetry anthologies in the United Kingdom. Her first collection of animal poems is scheduled for release in 2011 with Iron Press. Greg O'Connell is a New Zealand children's poet who has had his work published several times in School Journal New Zealand. He has a presentation, Interactive Poetry Show, which he takes on the road to schools. He also has his first CD, A Spider's on the World Wide Web, featuring 100 children's poems, scheduled for release in November 2010. From what I've been able to figure out, he doesn't even have a book out. Are you convinced yet?
It is worth exploring the option of getting your poetry for young people published in children's magazines. Having your poetry published in quality children's magazines shows a book editor that other people have liked your work enough to publish it. In North America, at least, editors are known to consult children's magazines as a way to find contributors for anthologies of children's poetry. I have provided below a list of 23 publications that publish poetry for young people to help you get started on creating a following much sooner rather than much later. Good luck!
CHILDREN'S POETRY MAGAZINES
(NON-PAYING MARKET) The Scrumbler Michael Kavanagh, a Canadian poet living in England, is the founder and editor of The Scrumbler. This children's poetry magazine, aimed at kids 7 - 13, features work written by folks (young people and adults) from around the world.
(NON-PAYING/PAYING MARKET DEPENDING ON SUBMISSIONS) Berry Blue Haiku Online poetry magazine, for kids up until the age of 13, which makes its debut in June 2010.
(NON-PAYING MARKET) Crow Toes Quarterly (Richmond, British Columbia) This magazine is described as a playfully dark arts and literature e-zine and limited edition print magazine for readers aged 9 and up.
U.S. GENERAL INTEREST CHILDREN'S MAGAZINES THAT PUBLISH POETRY
The following three publications are produced by the same publisher:Hopscotch is magazine aimed at girls in elementary school and middle school. Boys' Quest is aimed at boys aged 6 to 14. As for Fun for Kidz magazine, I would say that it is aimed at kids who are about 7 - 12 years old.
Cricket Magazine Group publishes five magazines: Babybug (6 months-3 years old), Ladybug (3-6 years old), Spider (6-9 years old), Cricket (9-14 years old), and Cicada (teens).
AUSTRALIAN GENERAL INTEREST CHILDREN'S MAGAZINES THAT PUBLISH POETRY
Pearson Education Australia publishes three magazines: Comet (ages 5-7), Explore (8-10), and Challenge (11-14).
SCHOOL PUBLICATIONS THAT PUBLISH POETRY FOR CHILDREN
(PAYING MARKETS) School Magazine Australia, founded in 1916, is the premier literary children's magazine in Australia. It is published by the New South Wales Department of Education. It is made up of four titles: Countdown (reading age around 7-9), Blast Off (reading age around 9-10), Orbit (reading age around 10-11), and Touchdown (reading age around 11-14).
School Journal New Zealand is made up of five sections which include Junior Journal (6-7 year olds), Part One (7-8 year olds), Part Two (8-9 year olds), Part Three (9-11 year olds), and Part Four (11-13 year olds).
I am an emerging children's poet who made my debut in 2008. My poems have appeared in Stories for Children (U.S.) and are forthcoming in Shoofly: An Audiomagazine for Children (U.S.) and School Magazine Australia. I have taken courses in writing children's poetry with U.S. children's poets Laura Purdie Salas and Heidi Bee Roemer. My goal is to have my children's poetry appear in magazines in Canada, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, and the UK plus anthologies -- it looks like I'm part way there!