Saturday, January 15, 2011

High-paying poetry markets

Poetry doesn't usually pay particularly well, but this is one area where speculative writers can make more than their mainstream counterparts. Here are some science fiction/fantasy/horror markets that pay top dollar for good poems.

- Basement Stories: Basement Stories pays $30 per science fiction or fantasy poem. The editors will accept both simultaneous submissions and reprints, as long as you let them know when you submit. There are no set reading periods; the magazine is open to submissions year-round.

- OG's Speculative Fiction: OG's will pay $10 per speculative poem. No simultaneous submissions or reprints. They buy first rights for a period of three months.

- Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine: ASIM pays A$10 per poem, which is pretty close to US$10. They want light speculative poems rather than dark ones, and they don't accept simultaneous submissions. Contributors will also receive a copy of the issue containing their poem.

- ChiZine: ChiZine pays $10 per poem, with a preference for speculative poems that relate to their theme of "treatments of light and shade in words." No simultaneous submissions or reprints. The magazine is currently closed to submissions; check their guidelines page for updates.