Poets and working for free

Emma Lee's Blog

Every poet eventually will be asked to provide an original, unpublished poem for exclusive use by a shiny new magazine or to come and do a reading because “it’ll be great exposure.” Unfortunately enough people who want to establish themselves as poets will agree to do this but stop and think:

If a magazine can budget for marketing and printing and includes advertising and a cover price, but will not pay the people who write its contents, how long will it survive and how great will it be that your name will be associated with it?

Even poetry magazines that are run on a shoestring with an editor working voluntarily manage to pay in contributors’ copies, so if you are not being paid (in money or kind) or discover that contributors are expected to buy a copy if they want to see their work in print, is it really worth…

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