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20 Ways to Get Paid to Write Poems in 2020

Do you have a collection of poems hidden away somewhere in your home? Or, do you regularly jot down your poetic musings? Did you know you can actually get paid to write poems?

It’s true! And I found x ways for you to turn your poems into money.

How much can you get paid to write poems?

You can get paid anywhere from $2 to $250 to write poems, depending on if they are published. Every site below will have a different payout schedule and various requirements you need to meet before getting paid.

A lot of these sites only accept submissions a few times per year.

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If you are serious about making money as a poet, I highly suggest you print out a yearly calendar and mark down the dates submissions are accepted. Keep it somewhere visible and submit early and submit often.

20 Ways to Get Paid to Write Poetry

1. AGNI

This magazine accepts online and print magazine poetry submissions from September 1st through May 31st. Published pieces earn $20/page, up to a $150 maximum, as well as a year’s subscription to the magazine.

2. Arc Poetry Magazine

This Canadian magazine accepts submissions from October 15th – May 31st from poets and pays $50 per published poem. Up to three poems may be sent in a submission, and only one submission per year is allowed.

3. The Sun

The Sun accepts submissions year-round and you can mail in your poems or submit them online. If you do mail them in, make sure you include a return envelope and postage in order to get the original copy back.

Published pieces here go for $100-$250 and samples are provided to show you exactly what they are looking for.

4. Iron Horse Review

IHR accepts poetry at specified times of the year and based on select themes. Published submissions are paid $50. You should send 3-5 poems for consideration.

5. Chicken Soup for the Soul

This well-known publication awards $200 for published poems that meet its (easily readable) guidelines.

They prefer poems that read more like a story and less like a greeting card.

Poets also receive 10 copies of the issue that their poems are published in.

6. Poetry Magazine

Not to be confused with Poetry.com which mysteriously disappeared off the web one day.

This publication has existed for over 100 years and accepts submissions of poems and prose year round.

Published pieces are paid at a rate of $10/line or $300 minimum.

Published prose is paid out at $150/page.

7. The Threepenny Review

This quarterly journal accepts poetry submissions during the first half of the year.

Submissions must be either mailed in or provided via the publication’s online submission form. Published entries are paid $200.

8. Rattle

This online and print journal accepts submissions all year.

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You earn $100 or $50 for print or online publication of your poem, respectively.

Print winners also get a one-year subscription to the journal. If your poem is considered to be the year’s best, you will be awarded $1,000.

9. Boulevard Magazine

This literary publication, which has been around since 1985, accepts submissions of poetry from October-May 1st.

You can submit your work either through its online Submittable site or by postal mail; online submissions cost $3 but postal ones are free (minus the cost of a stamp, of course).

Payment for published poems ranges from $25-$250.

10. Ploughshares

This publication is operated by Emerson College and accepts submissions from June 1st through January 15th.

Online submissions cost $3 unless you are a publication subscriber. Mailed submissions are free.

Up to five pages of poetry may be submitted at one time.

If the poetry is published, you earn $45 per printed page, two copies of the issue you are published in, and a year’s subscription to the publication.

11. Grain Magazine

This quarterly literary journal accepts poetry submissions from September 1st- May 31st and pays out $50/page, up to a $250 maximum sum.

12. New Myths

This popular online mag accepts poetry submissions from June 1st – July 31st and from January 1st – February 28th. 

Up to five poems at a time may be submitted. Poems must have a science fiction/fantasy bend.

Payment is $30/poem upon acceptance.

13. The Iowa Review

This publication is operated by the University of Iowa and accepts submissions from September 1st through December 1st.

Published poetry is paid out at $1.50 per line ($40 minimum); published prose earns $0.08 per word ($100 minimum).

Keep in mind that online submissions cost $4.

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This literary journal just ended its poetry submission period, which ran from April 1st – June 1st.

The next reading period will run from October 1st – December 1st.

Submissions must align with the chosen themes of the journal, which change for each issue. Accepted poems are awarded $75.

15. Black Warrior Review

The University of Alabama operates this publication, which accepts poetry submissions from December 1st – March 1st and from June 1st – September 1st.

The submission site doesn’t specify the exact sum of the “nominal fee” you receive for accepted submissions; however, because it is noted as ‘nominal,’ it’s probably under $50.

16. The Capilano Review

TCR is a Canadian literary journal that accepts some unsolicited poetry; submissions can be as long as five pages.

If accepted and published, poems are paid $50 – $150.

17. The Colorado Review

This journal is operated by Colorado State University and accepts poetry submissions from August 1st to April 30th.

Online submissions cost $3, but there is no fee to submit poems via mail.

Published poems are compensated with a minimum of $30 or at $10/page.

18. Orion Magazine

Orion periodically accepts poems that focus on the “intersection of nature, culture, and place.”

Keep in mind that this is an environmentally-focused publication.

Up to three poems can be submitted at a time and published poetry is paid $100.

19. VQR Online

The Virginia Quarterly Review accepts poetry and other submissions on an ‘as needed’ basis.

Published poems earn $200 (up to 4 poems maximum); for a set of 5+ poems, poets receive $1,000.

20. The Pedestal Magazine

This online magazine has periodic calls for poetry along an established theme (e.g., June’s theme is war).

Up to five poems per submission are allowed for review.

Payment is $40 per accepted poem.

How to Get Your Poems Accepted

Some of the aforementioned journals are selective about which poems they publish, especially those that post high payment rates.

To increase your odds of having your poems published, you should read some of the journal issues first and learn if your poem fits their styles and themes.

In the past, you often had to purchase these journals; nowadays, much of their content is available for free download.

Another thing you can do to increase your chances of having your content accepted is to actually read and follow the submission directions.

Some journals want you to include your name and contact info with your poem; others don’t want any identifying details. Some publications prefer double spacing or set page limits. Read through these directions.

Do you write poems for money?

Getting paid to write poems all day long may seem like a dream to some, but the reality is it’s often challenging and submission fees can quickly add up.

Feel free to explore this list of 153 ways to get paid to write to further your chances of making it as a published author.

Have you successfully published and been paid for your poetry somewhere?

Please leave a comment about your experience below.

10 thoughts on “20 Ways to Get Paid to Write Poems in 2020”

  1. Interesting niche and a well read well written post. My only suggestion would be to place the “How to improve your chances of poetry acceptance”…in the beginning of the post as opposed to the end of it. In addition, if you have any personal experience with getting an article/poes published I would elaborate upon that.

    Bravo on a well done job!

    Sal

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  2. Wow, I never knew there were so many sites that would accept poetry and pay you for it. I actually have a friend from high school who writes poetry and I think he would love this article. ets just say I am adding this to my favorites and sharing this with a few people.I hope you don’t mind…lol Thanks for the information I am sure my friend will love it.

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  3. This is something my Wife would be interested in. She is capable of rattling off fantastic poems as if she is just having a chat with you, that’s a talent in itself.
    I’ve looked through your listings of publications but I’m unsure if these are for a global audience or just Stateside. We are UK based so would be interested to know if submissions can be made from here.

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  4. Great article man

    I never knew you could just submit some of your poems to a website and get paid for It

    I’m definitely considering trying this out now

    Might not be a good way to pay all the bills but definitely a really good way to earn an extra buck on the side

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  5. This is exciting! I truly thought that nobody really cared about poetry anymore. There are certainly a lot of opportunities out there! Have you been published by any of them? Once you get published once, does it get easier to get published again? I am very excited about your site and will be following you! Thanks!

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    • Hi Lisa! Unfortunately, no I haven’t pursued any of these opportunities. This post was intended to help those with their research on finding the right poetry publishing site. 

  6. I’ve learned something new, I had no clue that people can get paid by posting poems. I’ve always thought poetry is something type of underground art. Which is something I love, but have not been into since having children. If there was a video I would be more interested in learning about it. Especially, since I am an busy mom and rarely have time to read anything any more. But over all very interesting post.

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    • Glad you were able to learn something Tasharea! While it’s an interesting opportunity, I wouldn’t expect enough money from poem writing to pay all the bills. It could be a fun little way to make some extra money on the side though.

  7. Wow, I never thought about making money on poems! A great information and delight news to the poem writers. This will be a great preparation for publishing own books.

    I am wondering why many publishers have a time frame for writers to submit their work? I would like to submit whenever I complete my work.

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    • I would guess they set a deadline so they can go through all of the work they received and then take the time to read through them all to decide what is worthy of being published. 

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