This post is for all of my poets out there. Let’s talk about making money from your work, and getting your name out there!
Whether you enjoy writing simple haikus, or you’re more of a long form poetry writer, there is a number of websites where you can monetize your talent. Would you like to know what those websites are? If so, then look no further, because we’re going to go over these websites right now!
Websites That Pay Cash For Poems
When I was doing the research to find the websites that are listed below, it is very likely that I did not find every website that pays poets for their contributions, so just bare that in mind. I’m sure that if you did the research, you could probably find other websites that will pay you for your poetry, but here are some good websites to start with.
This publication accepts all forms of Haiku from both new and established poets. Their submission guidelines state that you can submit up to 5 times per month with 1 Haiku per submission. Token payments for Haikus that get published are small ($1.50), however, one or more of your submissions could end up being marked as “Editor’s Choice, ” in which case you’ll recieve a payment of $10 for each one. All poets whose submissions are published will also receive a 1-year digital subscription to 50 Haikus for free.
Arc Poetry is a biannual magazine, with a Summer issue and a Winter issue, that publishes both art and poetry. Arc has two reading periods:
- Submissions received from April 1 to July 31 will be considered for the Winter Issue.
- Submissions received from September 1 to December 31 will be considered for the Summer issue.
Arc does not accept submissions from January 1 to March 31 or from August 1 to August 31. Arc does not accept paper submissions either. Any submissions received by mail will not be read and will not receive a response. To send a poetry submission to Arc, you must do so via their online submissions manager.
Arc accepts unsolicited submissions of previously unpublished poetry in English, or translations of poetry in English, on any subject and in any form. You must abide by the following guidelines:
- Submissions must not exceed 3 poems, or 360 lines.
- Submissions must be typed and single spaced.
- Submissions of visual poetry or concrete poetry must be submitted in PDF format.
- Submissions must include the poet’s name, email address, and mailing address on each page.
- Submissions must include the poet’s biography. Biographies should be 2 to 3 sentences, or approximately 50 words.
- Multiple submissions must be submitted separately.
- Poets may only submit once per calendar year.
Arc pays for poetry at a rate of $50 per page. Arc also accepts submissions of visual art for which they pay $50 for artwork printed inside the issue, $50 for artwork printed on the back cover, and $100 for artwork printed on the front cover. In addition to cash payment, contributors will also receive one free copy of the issue in which their art or poetry is published.
Dreams & Nightmares primarily publishes poetry, but also publishes a small amount of fiction. Maximum length of submissions must be two typed, single-spaced pages, however, less than one page is preferred. Dreams and Nightmares also accepts artwork submissions. All contributors whose submissions are published will receive a payment of $12 and two free contributor copies of the issue in which their writing or artwork is published.
This is a quarterly ezine by a community of writers, artists, and poets. They accept art, fiction, and poetry submissions, but you MUST send in submissions during their specified submission periods otherwise your submission will not be considered. Submission periods run from June 1 to July 31, and from January 1 to February 28. Submissions must be in standard ezine format with single spacing between lines, double spacing between paragraphs, and no indentation. For fiction and poetry submissions that are published, contributors are paid at a rate of 1.5 cents per word with a minimum payment of $30. For artwork submissions that are published, contributors are paid a rate of $60 plus.
Pedestal Magazine accepts poetry submissions with no restrictions on theme, style, length, or genre. As long as submissions have not been previously published elsewhere, there are really no other guidelines. Contributors may submit up to 5 poems, and must include all poems in a single file. For poems that are published, contributors will be paid $50 per published poem.
Rattle publishes unsolicited poetry and translations of poetry. Submissions are open year round. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. Rattle does not accept work that has been previously published. Contributors in print receive a payment of $100 per poem and a complimentary 1-year subscription to Rattle. Online contributors receive $50 per poem. All submissions are automatically considered for Rattle’s annual “Neil Postman Award for Metaphor”, a $1,000 prize judged by the editors.
Ruminate Magazine accepts submissions of poetry, artwork, and prose. They pay contributors $20 per page of poetry with a max payment of $80, $20 per piece of artwork, and $20/400 words for prose. Ruminate only accepts work that is previously unpublished, and they do NOT accept simultaneous submissions.
Slice welcomes submissions for short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. For your work to be considered, you must send submissions during Slice’s reading period which is currently closed. The next reading period will be October 1 through December 1, 2019. Slice currently offers $250 for stories and essays, $75 for flash fiction, and $75 for poetry.
The Poetry Foundation accepts submissions year round. As long as it has not been published elsewhere, The Poetry Foundation considers all submissions and publishes that which they deem to be the best. For the submissions that are published, they offer payments at a rate of $10 per line for poetry with a minimum payment of $300, and $150 per page of prose.
Those are all the websites that I was able to find which pay cash for poetry. I’m sure that there are more out there, you would just need to take the time to find them. If you discover any, or know of any already, please mention them in the comments section below.
The publications that I listed are big publications which means that if your work is published in one of them, it will be shown to thousands or even millions of people which is the real reward in my opinion.
The people that really enjoy your work will remember your name even if they just remember it subconsciously, and the next time they see work with your name on it, their attention will be captured. This is the type of reward that keeps on giving.
I’ve stated this in previous posts, but in my opinion, your purpose for getting your works published in major publications should not be to get a quick payment, but to make your name known so that you can establish a fan base and a following; this is the key to consistently making a lot of money from your works.
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