The first version of your poem is a first draft. It’s exciting to have written it – but how do you make it the best it can be? How can you improve your chances of getting it published and read by others? I’ve pulled together some great advice from poetry professionals.
Simon Armitage – much-published UK leading poet (see previous blog posts on career tips here and videopoem here) has drawn together a testing kit for poetry at the Guardian newspaper: “How to write Poetry, Checklist”
Grace Wells – editor of American and Irish poetry magazines and Literary Festival organiser – has written a very down-to-earth list of 11 editing points at Advice on Editing Poetry
Magma Poetry is a well-known and well-regarded UK poetry magazine, inundated by manuscripts from hopeful poets – but they’ve got their head above tidal waves of submissions long enough to write: “25 rules for editing poems”
Robert Lee Brewer over at Writers Digest has scribed, revised and polished: