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5 Ways to Make Money Online Writing Poetry

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October 6, 2017

If you are a dedicated poet who wants to make poetry their main source of income, be prepared to face some difficulties. Throughout the history, the vast majority of poets were struggling to earn their living with poetry. Truth be told, the state of things is pretty much still the same nowadays. Even if poets get their works published, only some of them receive sufficient amounts of money for that.

Yet, it doesn’t mean that writing poetry for money is a hopeless endeavor. There are certain ways, which will help you avoid starving or giving up on your writing career.

How to Make Money from Poetry

  1. Literary Magazines and Websites

    It’s a rather traditional way of making money from poetry, which is chosen by so many poets all around the world. There is a great deal of literature focused websites and magazines which could pay you 10$ to 200$ for your poetry. For instance, Poetry Foundation, The Sun Magazine, Three Penny Review, Arc Poetry Magazine, Boulevard Magazine and many others.

  2. Poem Contests

    Another way of earning money with the help of your poetry is to win some cash at different poem contests. The prizes may vary from 25$ to 5,000$. You can try your luck at such contests as Bellevue Literary Review’s Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry or Poetry.com contest.

  3. Greeting Cards Companies

    Various greeting cards companies pay writers for poems, inspirational quotes or short stories, which they later place on their greeting cards. So, you can submit your works to them.

  4. Poems on T-shirts

    Nowadays, creative T-shirts are extremely popular. If it’s something out of the ordinary, something that can help people to express their personality, people will definitely buy it. That is why putting your poems on T-shirts and selling them could be a great way to make some money.

  5. Etsy

    Etsy is a perfect place for people who make some products with their own hands and want to sell them. So why don’t you use it to make some profit from your poetry? In addition to putting your poetry on the above-mentioned T-shirts, you can also put it on some items of every-day use. For example, it can be printed on mugs or phone cases. Also, your poetry can become a stylish element of home decor. If put on a wooden plate, it might fit perfectly in someone’s living room or kitchen.

If you don’t have sufficient handicraft skills, you can get a partner. You would be supplying them with poems and they will create certain items and put your poetry on them. It’s a mutually benefiting initiative.

We hope our article will help you to find a way of making a profit with your poetry. Good luck!