Poetry markets can be a tough niche if you’re looking to make lots of money but a lot of us writers dabble in the format anyway. Poems can stretch your creativity with an outlet for open-ended word play—which is why it’s no surprise that so many freelance writers have a folder or binder of prose tucked away on a bookshelf somewhere.
Which is why I LOVE poetry markets! They represent a chance to play with words, with format and concept. It reminds me of why I fell in love with writing in the first place—because good writing brought me into its world, made me feel, evoked emotion.
If you’ve got a stash of poems like me, guess what? t’s time to break those gems out, dust them off, polish them up, and get them submitted for some side money! You probably won’t get rich but you will get to add professional poet to your resume—and who doesn’t want that title?
If poetry markets aren’t your thing or you’re looking for more markets to pitch, check out Paid Write’s entire collection of paying markets with links straight to the submission guidelines!
“We consider poetry of any style. Please limit poetry submissions to no more than five poems at a time. Fiction & poetry manuscripts are read from August 1 to April 30. We pay $10 per page ($30 minimum) for poetry.”
“As a rule, send up to six poems or one story at a time. All contributors receive checks on acceptance and copies of the issue containing their work.”
“Overland is a quarterly print journal (publishing essays, stories and poetry) and an online magazine, publishing non-fiction articles each week day. We are especially keen on receiving submissions from women writers of colour in all areas – fiction, poetry, nonfiction and art. Rates for articles in the online magazine – $120. Rates for the print magazine: fiction and essays – $500; poems – $150.”
“The Cincinnati Review welcomes submissions from writers at any point in their careers. We read between September 1 and March 1. Please submit up to six poems or a total of ten manuscript pages at a time. $30/page for poetry.”
“We like poems of any length. Send up to four poems at a time. We’re looking for poems that move us, that might make us laugh or cry, or teach us something new. We like both free verse and traditional forms—we try to publish a representative mix of what we receive.
Contributors in print receive $100/poem and a complimentary one-year subscription to the magazine. Online contributors receive $50/poem.
All submissions are automatically considered for the annual Neil Postman Award for Metaphor, a $1,000 prize judged by the editors.”
“We examine all work received and accept that which seems best. We consider original works written in the English language as well as translations of poetry into English. Payment is made on publication at the rate of $10 per line (with a minimum payment of $300), and $150 per page of prose, for first serial rights.”
“Crazyhorse aims to publish work that reflects the multiple poetries of the twenty-first century. While our taste represents a wide range of aesthetics, from poets at all stages of their writing careers, we read with a discerning eye for poems that demonstrate a rhetorical and formal intelligence—that is, poems that know why they are written in the manner that they are. For poetry, please submit a set of 3-5 poems. Payment for accepted work: $20 per page of layout with a maximum $200 payment.”
“We accept unsolicited submission of fiction, poetry, and narrative nonfiction between September 1 and April 30. Submit one story, one essay, or up to ten pages of poetry with a short cover letter through our online submission portal. We pay 3¢ per word for prose and between $50 per poem.”
“Room publishes original work by women, including trans* persons, gender-variant and two-spirit women, and women of non-binary sexual orientations. All contributors will be paid upon publication: $50 CAD for one page, $60 for two pages, $90 for three pages, $120 for four pages, $150 for five or more pages.”
“Like fiction, we get far more poetry than we can possibly accept, and the competition is keen. Here, where form and content are so inseparable and reaction is so personal, it is difficult to state requirements or limitations. Studying recent issues of The Antioch Review should be helpful. No “light” or inspirational verse. Please submit three to six poems at one time. Payment is upon printed publication at the rate of $20.00 per printed page (about 425 words) plus 2 copies of the issue. Authors may buy additional copies at an authors’ discount off the cover price.”
“It occurred to me that, while we have guidelines for fiction and artwork, we seldom state in the magazine or on the website, what we look for in poetry. So, this is what I want:
- Strong voices that don’t sound like anyone else. Original ideas would be great, too, though they’re much harder to come by. Beautiful, startling images and language. Current and future science would be nice.
- Basically, I’m interested in contemporary poetry. That means blank, free verse, or discursive prose poems.
ON SPEC buys first North American serial (magazine) rights to your work. We pay upon acceptance. Pay rates are as follows and in Canadian dollars: Poems (4-100 lines): $50 plus one contributor’s copy.”
“SLICE magazine welcomes submissions for short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We’re looking for anyone with a fresh voice and a compelling story to share—basically any work that really knocks our socks off. We offer all contributors of Slice a monetary award for their work ($250 for stories and essays and $75 for poems).”
“The Sun is a reader-supported ad-free magazine. We’ve been described in many ways: celebratory, fierce, unflinching, thoughtful, truthful, dark, darkly funny, tender. Poetry: $100 to $250.”
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