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Get Paid to Write Poetry: 14 Markets for Freelance Writers

Get Paid to Write Poetry. Makealivingwriting.com

Want to get paid to write poetry?

If that sounds like a far-fetched idea, you’re not the first writer to think poetry is a low-paying dead end.

You’re not going to get paid to write poetry for most magazines, trade pubs, businesses, or blogs.

But it’s not impossible to get paid for your prose, and get a byline for publishing poetry.

I’ve done it. Should you quit your day job to become a poet? Probably not. Consider writing poetry one way to earn an income as a freelancer writer.

But you can actually get paid to write poetry? Yes. I’ve written poetry for a long list of publications, and ultimately published a book of poetry. It’s not the only way I make a living writing, but writing poetry is certainly one of my income streams.

If you want to tap into your more creative side, write poetry, and get paid for your musings, check out these poetry markets:

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How One Writer Won Over a Wary Client With Slam Poetry

Slam poetry nightThis past October, I found a new copywriting client. They had already gone through two sub-par writers, so they were wary of hiring another freelance writer.

I did a paid trial piece using the voice I saw on their blog.

It turns out they didn’t like their voice and wanted to go in a different direction. They asked me how I saw myself “fitting in” — a clear sign of doubt.

So I asked for a meeting. Drawing on my background as a slam poet, I paid attention to the way the client spoke and asked questions about their desired voice. The client left the meeting hopeful and satisfied. I won their trust, and I did it using slam poetry.

Here’s how:

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