Are you a lover of poetry with notebooks full of your own prose? You’re not alone; a recent study found that poems are reaching new heights in popularity, with 28 million adults indulging in the ancient art form a year.
That’s a lot of haikus!
It’s no wonder then that there’s a healthy market for freelance poets. There are more opportunities than ever before to submit poetry for money.
So if you enjoy writing poems, you will be interested in these opportunities to channel your inner Emily Dickinson for extra cash. Depending on your income goals and interests, there are a few different strategies you can try to make money with your prose.
7 Ways to Get Paid to Write Poetry
There are several online publications that pay well for poetry, like:
- Poetry Magazine – Pays $10 per line, with a minimum payment of $300.
- The Kenyon Review – Pays for poetry and fiction.
- AGNI – Pays up to $150 per poem.
- The Fiddlehead – This Canadian magazine pays $60 CAD per published page.
- 50 Haikus – You can submit up to five original poems a month and earn between $1.50-$10 per poem.
- ArcPoetry.ca – This publication pays $50 per page.
- Chicken Soup for the Soul – This popular publication pays $200 if they select your poem for print.
- EPOCH Magazine – Their guidelines indicate that their rate can vary year-to-year, but as of the time of this writing, they are paying between $50-$150 per poem.
In most cases, your submissions can not be reprints or anything that’s been published anywhere before, i.e., your blog.
Some websites accept submissions all year round while others are only open periodically throughout the year. Always thoroughly research the publication you’re submitting to and peruse their submission guidelines.
2. Poetry Books
If you already have a large body of work, creating an anthology of your best poems might be a great option for you. Sort through your poems and see if you can find a collection of pieces that work well together; a good poetry book should center around a particular theme or idea.
Then you can choose to either submit your anthology to a publisher or self-publish.
Thanks to Amazon, self-publishing a book is not nearly as daunting as it was 20 years ago. You can quite easily upload and self-publish your book of poetry by creating a Kindle Direct Publishing account.
Although self-publishing gives you full creative license, it also means you’ll need to handle marketing for the book yourself, which can be quite a learning curve if you’ve never done it before.
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3. Poetry Contests
Granted, winning a poetry contest is no easy feat, but winners can earn anywhere from $500 to $2,000 or more for their efforts.
This idea to submit poetry for money is a little outside the box, but when you think of some of the most meaningful greeting cards you’ve received, they are pretty poetic, aren’t they?
Greeting card companies like CreativeRSVP.com and NobleWorks are open to outside submissions.
Some card companies publish more humorous prose, while others stick to serious sentiments. Research the company and their greeting cards before submitting your own to make sure their style is a good match with yours!
Fiverr is a huge online marketplace for a wide variety of freelancers, and that includes freelance poets.
Some freelancers offer lyric writing, while others provide custom poetry for any occasion. The downside with Fiverr is that although you can price your services however you like, there is a lot of competition.
But if you can find a unique angle for your poetry-writing services, you can do quite well.
If you are crafty as well as a poet, you can print your poems on fancy paper and frame them to sell on Etsy.
You could also publish your prose on other items like greeting cards, t-shirts, or mugs. The possibilities are endless! (These five tips can help you get started on Etsy if you’re new to the platform.)
7. Your Own Poetry Blog
You can make money with your poetry by publishing poems on a blog and collecting income through advertising and affiliate links.
This is definitely not the fastest way to make money with your poems, as it can take months to build up your site’s traffic to the point where you’re making a substantial income.
And you’ll need to be willing to learn some online marketing techniques to do this.
But once you have steady traffic coming in, you can enjoy passive income for months, or even years, to come.
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With a little bit of research and a solid game plan, you can turn your passion for prose into a healthy source of income. Just remember that submitting poetry for money is a freelance business, and like any business, it can take a lot of time, practice, and patience to be successful.
But if you’re a poet at heart, it’s a journey you’ll truly enjoy!
Corrie Alexander is a content creator and logistics nerd from Toronto, Ontario. Her climb up the corporate ladder cultivated her interest in the topic of career development, a passion rivaled only by her love of exercise and strong coffee. As an alumna of both Horkey Handbook's Freelance Writing and Virtual Assistant courses, Corrie loves helping other bloggers and small business owners grow! Visit her website, thefitcareerist.com.