Rattle is a shining star in the literary community: Not only do they pay solid rates (the best on our list, in fact), but they also don’t charge submission fees. Submit up to four poems at a time of any length. All entries are automatically in the running for the $1,000 Neil Postman Award for Metaphor.
Payment: $100/poem + 1-year subscription for print; $50/poem for online.
Submission fee: $0
Notable quote from the submission guidelines: “While most magazines suggest reading their back issues to get a sense of what they like to publish, we’d suggest reading to get a sense of what we’re having trouble finding – if you notice a style or subject matter that we don’t seem to be publishing, send us that!”