There’s a number of small presses and publishers looking for younger poets and writers. It’s always disappointing to me, infused with experience and wisdom, to see an age limit on a submission form of a literary journal or publisher.
I know that America, and much of the world these days, has no respect for age; however, there was once this school of thought that there was some value in life experience.
Publishers want to discover the bright new star or hang on to someone who has a long and bright future ahead of them.
Instead of what, I assume, they mistakenly believe will be a one hit wonder leading to a quick and timely death.
That is why age matters to them.
HOWEVER – age does not matter. Many great poets and writers were “discovered” well after their 29th birthday: Toni Morrison, J.K. Rowling, Janet Fitch, Billy Collins, among many, many more!
You are not too old to learn the craft, you’re not too old to start writing, you’re not too old to submit, you’re not too old to publish.
When vexed by the youth, I remember that I can read a mapbook, I can light a fire, I know how to address a letter for post. If all technology were lost, I’d be able to survive.