- You cannot make money writing poetry, can you?
Erica Verrillo has compiled a list of “twenty noteworthy publications that pay in the professional range for poetry. Most of these also accept fiction and creative nonfiction, and many are more than happy to nominate accepted poems for prizes.”
- What’s the point of reading a poem?
‘The point of reading a poem is not to try to “solve” it. Still, that quantifiable process of demystification is precisely what teachers are encouraged to teach students, often in lieu of curating a powerful experience through literature.’ (Andrew Simmons, The Atlantic, 2014)
Here’s more on how to read poetry: “curious wonder” vs. “critical judgement.”
Image: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. “A Montrouge”–Rosa La Rouge, 1886–1887. Oil on canvas, Overall: 28 3/8 x 19 1/8 in. (72.1 x 48.6 cm). BF263. Public Domain.
What’s your take on submission fees? Do you keep track of what you spend on submissions? Are you planning to pay-to-play in 2018? Share in the comments.
In case you’re leaning toward fee-free options, Erica Verrillo regularly posts lists of free contests, as well as lists of paying markets, for all genres.
Image credit: Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Child Reading (Enfant lisant), early 1890s. Oil on canvas, Overall: 12 13/16 x 16 1/4 in. (32.6 x 41.3 cm). BF51. Public Domain.
“The drive to be successful while still in the first blush of youth … does not apply to the contemplative arts.” My dear fellow writers over 40, we happen to be “in the peak of condition!” as Poirot would say.
“Never work on spec.” — Bob Bly. Watch this video.
Chicken Soup for the Soul wants your stories and poems. Submit.
A great list of paying markets for short fiction, poetry and nonfiction.