All Indie Writers is a resource and community for freelance writers, indie publishers, and independent bloggers looking to build a successful writing career. The site is owned by professional blogger, freelance business writer and author, Jennifer Mattern.
Most freelance writing markets promoted here revolve around nonfiction writing. But plenty of outlets are interested in your more creative writing as well -- such as poetry.
These poetry writers' markets can pay $50, and sometimes much more, for accepted poems.
Like other market lists at All Freelance Writing, be sure to check this one often if you're looking to become a published poet. Because my market lists connect to the site's larger writers' market database, they update automatically any time an outdated listing changes or gets removed, and whenever new markets fitting their criteria get added.
Whether you're a new poet or someone who has written poetry for years and is seeking new outlets for publication, I hope you find something in these poetry writers' markets that's a good fit. And remember, you can click the "markets" link at the top of any page to browse the full writers' market directory. There you'll find even more poetry markets that didn't happen to meet the payment requirements for this post.
If you come across a dead market link in between my broad directory checks, just click "report link" below the listing and a pre-populated report email will come up. Hit send in your email system and the market will be checked and updated if necessary shortly after.
AGNI accepts stories, essays, and poems that are previously-unpublished. There are no word limits "though space is at a premium and length sometimes affects decisions." They do not publish romance, horror, mystery, or science fiction but are open to fiction borrowing elements of them. They don't publish academic essays or purely journalistic pieces. They pay $10 per printed page for accepted prose and $20 per page for accepted poetry, up to a maximum of $150.
This magazine features science fiction stories, art and poetry as well as some fact based articles. Pay is 8-10 cents per word for short stories up to 20,000 words, 6 cents per word for serials of 40,000-80,000 words, and 9 cents per word for "fact articles" of around 4000 words. Payment is $1 per line for poetry.
Arc publishes contemporary poetry and invites submissions from poets at all levels in their careers. They have two reading periods: June 1 - September 30, and October 1 - January 31. All submissions must be made online. Submissions shouldn't exceed 3 poems or 360 lines. Pay is $50 per page for First Canadian Serial Rights, with all rights reverting to the author on publication.
Asimov's is a magazine for science fiction writers. They pay 8-10 cents per word for stories up to 7500 words and 8 cents per word for stories over 7500 words (though they rarely buy stories over 20,000 words or shorter than 1000 words). Poems under 40 lines are also accepted and pay is $1 per line.
Blue Mountain Arts seeks poetry and other writing for the company's greeting cards. Payment is $300 per poem for exclusive worldwide rights for greeting cards and other products and $50 per poem for one-time use in a book.
CICADA is a YA/teen literary magazine that accepts fiction, poetry, comics, and essays. Fiction (up to 9000 words) pays up to $.10 / word; nonfiction (up to 5000 words) pays up to $.25 / word; poems pay up to $3.00 per line with a $25 minimum payment.
Cricket magazine is target towards children from ages 9 to 14. It features fiction,poetry and nonfiction. Types of fiction they look for include folk tales, sci-fi, historical fiction, and contemporary fiction. Nonfiction pieces and poetry can be on a variety of topics. The rate is up to $0.25/word for stories and articles and up to $3.00 per line (minimum of $25) for poetry. The majority of stories and articles are 1,200 to 1,800 words though they also need 600-900 word shorter stories, and most poems are 8-15 lines. Activities and recipes pay a flat rate of $75.
Ladybug is a magazine for ages 3 to 6. They look for short works of fiction (maximum 800 words), rebus stories (up to 200 words), and nonfiction (maximum 400 words) that pay up to $0.25/word. They also accept poetry (up to 20 lines) that pays up to $3.00/line with a $25 minimum payment.
Our Times is a Canadian magazine covering independent labour. They accept features of 1500-3000 words, commentaries of 850 words, reviews of 600-1000 words, poetry, and submissions to its "Working for a Living" short story series (2000 words or less). Published poems pay $50, short stories pay $100, and for nonfiction small items pay $25, reviews pay $50, and features pay $200-300.
Poetry accepts original and unpublished poems in English, or translations into English. They only accept online submissions. They pay $10 per line for poetry (with a minimum payment of $300), and $150 per page for prose. Submissions are limited to 4 poems and shouldn't exceed 10 pages.
Rattle accepts unsolicited poetry submissions year-round. They do not accept previously-published work (but publishing to the author's own blog, message boards, and social media accounts are not disqualifying). They encourage simultaneous submissions. Pay is $100 per poem and a one-year subscription if the poem is published in print, and $50 for online contributors.
Strange Horizons is a magazine that publishes speculative fiction as well as poetry, interviews and reviews. The pay is $0.08/word for fiction and stories must be less than 10,000 words, though below 5,000 is preferred.
The Fiddlehead accepts unsolicited works of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry (including translations into English). They also publish reviews and some other creative works such as excerpts of plays. Submissions are accepted at any time via mail or during two Submittable reading periods, with an acceptance rate of around 1-2%. Short fiction and creative nonfiction should be a maximum of 6000 words. Up to 6 poems may be submitted at one time. Pay is $60CAD per page, with reviews paid at $40 per page.
The Gay & Lesbian Review publishes essays, reviews, interviews, and poems. Feature articles should fall in the 2000-4000 word range, and reviews should be 600-1200 words. Payment for feature articles is $100 and payment for book reviews is $50. They also accept interviews, artist profiles, art memos, and International Spectrum column submissions.
The Sun publishes essays, fiction, and poetry on political and cultural issues. Payment for nonfiction is $300-2000. Payment for fiction is $300-2000. Payment for poetry is $100-250. They purchase one-time rights.
The Threepenny Review accepts critical articles dealing with books, film, theater, and art exhibits(1200-2500 words), Table Talk items (1000 words or less), stories and memoirs (4000 words or less), and poetry (100 lines or less). They pay $400 per story or article, and $200 per poem or Table Talk piece.
Online quarterly magazine for new writers. Previously unpublished writers preferred, though each issue includes at least one featured writer who is already published and agrees to allow their contact information to be shared for new writers to connect with for advice. Fiction and poetry accepted though strong preference for creative nonfiction. Average word count 500-1500. Pay rate varies based on length and quality of piece between $15-$80.
In my last update here I let you know that the All Freelance Writing blog would no longer be updated regularly but that the site as a whole would continue to serve as a resource through more frequent updates to the freelance writing job board and writers' market database, as well as the freelance writer directory. And I'll also be updating older content in the near future and releasing more resources for freelancers, both free and premium ones planned.
While I'm still behind on one e-book release and another e-book's update, I've been busy working on some backend changes that will hopefully make some of these resources easier for you to use. Today I want to go over some of those changes.
Here are some of the most general changes you might come across:
The forums are finally gone. You might remember I closed them months ago, but it took quite some time to migrate everything out of the forum plugin and into the post system for archiving (and by "everything" I mean threads I deemed worthy of archiving; maintenance updates and the like were removed). Here's a link to the new writing forum archives.
Most user accounts were removed. As mentioned in my last post, all user accounts that were not from premium writer profile holders or past authors (which includes those who started old forum threads that were kept in the archives) were deleted. That means over 7000 user accounts are gone. If you aren't in one of those two groups, you won't be able to log in here any longer, and there is no longer a reason for you to. No accounts or email subscriptions are required to download any of the resources here.
Open registrations have been closed. New registrations are only open to advertisers (job posters or writers posting premium profiles) or new authors who might contribute. These accounts are set up by an admin only, and the forms for job ad and profile submissions allow people to request their desired username at the time of posting.
The user dashboard has been updated. This will only affect those of you who have accounts tied to job ads or a profile in the freelance writer directory. It's now easier to access and edit your paid listings.
The Freelance Writing Job Board
Several recent changes were made to the job board. For example:
Job posters can now log in to manage listings. This was based on an advertiser request, and allows job posters to manage multiple listings during their 30-day live period on the site.
Featured (premium) job listings were added. This was also based on an advertiser request. It means for a premium fee, advertisers can get more visibility for certain ads. Featured listings appear at the top of the job board page, and the most recent five featured listings appear on the home page. That won't affect most of you directly, but note it changes the display order of jobs. All of the most recent jobs will appear on the main job board page, but won't necessarily appear on the home page. And when you're on the main job board page, you'll find the regular listings in white below the featured ones in a highlighted box.
The job board should be displaying better on mobile devices now. While most of the site was displaying well on mobiles, the job board didn't in some circumstances. That should be fixed now.
Job ads can be marked as filled and be hidden by the person posting them. If advertisers hire someone and want to stop receiving applications, they can now choose to hide those ads for their remaining days, or they can temporarily take them down while making edits. Note: This only applies to advertisers who choose to have an account created and who are logged in when they post their ad. Accounts are not required.
Job ads should now show up in Google's job listings. This is something I'd been meaning to set up for a while. It shouldn't affect users directly other than that you might find the listings there. But it's extra visibility for those posting job ads.
Email confirmations have (finally) been set up. The job board was run in a very simple classified style before. And it didn't feature email notifications which occasionally left folks confused until ads were approved. Now you'll get an email to let you know your job ad is approved and goes live on the site. (There will be another minor update to this setup coming shortly.)
The Writers' Market Database
There's also one key change so far in the writers' market collection:
Broken links in listings can now be reported from the market list. When viewing the list of markets in the directory (or in dynamic posts like Websites & Blogs That Pay Writers $100 & More), you'll now find a "report link" link below each listing. If you try to visit a publication's guidelines page and that link is broken, or if the pay info detailed here is outdated and has been changed in their official guidelines, you can click that link to report it to me. It's just two clicks: click the link, then hit send in your email. The message is pre-populated for you. Note: Please do not change the email subject line. If you do, it won't get to the right place, and it might be missed.
The Freelance Writer Directory
There are also several updates for the premium freelance writer directory:
The directory is now sortable. Listings, by default, display with the newest submission first. This meant people who have had profiles for years were buried and harder to find. The table can now be sorted by name alphabetically, or it can be sorted by category (what kind of writing they do). This should give more profiles greater visibility.
The directory search and browse options were fixed. Other recent changes caused issues with the sort and browse capabilities in the writer directory, so they were removed temporarily. They are now fixed and working even better than before. The directory can be searched by name, project type, or whatever you'd like. It now works by seeking exact phrases (so searching for "white paper" to find a white paper writer will no longer turn up things like newspaper writers or someone whose last name happens to be "White"). The browse drop-down also makes it easier to limit views by category -- rather than sorting by them alphabetically you can limit your view to the category you're interested in. Again, this should give more profiles greater visibility.
You can now hide your profile. If you take a break from freelancing or otherwise want to temporarily remove your profile from the writer directory, you can now do that if your profile is attached to a user account. This enables you to make your profile live again in the future because its status as being paid and approved remains tied to it.
Email confirmations have been added. This is similar to the job board change. You'll receive an email when your profile is approved and posted.
The writer directory is now broken down into pages. The number of listings as the directory grows made a single listing page unfeasible moving forward. Currently, 25 listings are displayed per page. This is another reason the new or improved sorting, searching, and browsing capabilities were so important.
Note: If you have a profile in the directory and you didn't choose to tie it to an existing account when you posted it, you cannot pause or edit your profile. But if you email me from the email address you included in that profile, I can get an account set up for you and associate it with your premium profile so you can edit it in the future.
There have been several other changes that hopefully you won't even see or notice:
The way logins here work has been changed to simplify the process.
A known issue where some e-book buyers weren't getting emails from the 3rd party distribution service should (hopefully!) be resolved now.
There have been quite a few optimization and security updates on the back-end.
The majority of plugins have been removed with custom solutions coded in their place (I'll talk about this in a post at Kiss My Biz probably next month, but in short a lot of bloat on the backend was cut).
These updates will continue in coming weeks as a developer and I work to clean up and optimize things on the backend to make sure the site keeps running well for you on the front-end while I spend more time on other projects, including several for writers (more on them in the hopefully near-ish future).
The two e-books are still coming. Then older posts will begin to be updated. So you will see new content here on the blog moving forward from time to time while that happens. Some content will also be moving away from this site (more on that later). Many of the downloadable resources will also be updated to bring them in line with the site's branding. Those will be announced via the newsletter and the site's Twitter account.
Hopefully some of these changes will make things a bit easier for you here. And if you have other suggestions, I can't make promises but I'm happy to consider them if you contact me.
I haven't blogged much here this year. That's no secret. Neither was my reason for needing time away from this site -- I talked about it in-depth back in May during Lori Widmer's Writers' Worth Month. At the time, I thought I'd need a few months, and then I'd be able and willing to get things back to normal.
That didn't happen though. What I thought would feel better with time has instead gotten progressively worse.
I said in the spring I wasn't going to shut down the site or sell it. And that was put to the test over the summer when I was contacted by an interested buyer. Ultimately, I decided then not to let the site go... not to lose something else as a result of the hell of the past couple of years. I've lost enough.
But that opportunity did make me think much harder about what All Freelance Writing was going to look like if I didn't walk away completely when it's not something that can be a part of my daily life anymore. And I've made some decisions in the past several weeks that I think will be best all-around. I'd like to share those plans with you -- what I've recently changed, and what's still to come in the New Year.
No More Regular Blogging
For years now, I've been fed up with people referring to All Freelance Writing as just a "blog" when its blog was a relatively small part of the site. It was a collection of resources -- tools, templates, a job board, a market directory, a podcast, e-books, and then yes, the blog.
Blogging is one of the most regular and time-consuming aspects of the site, and the part that I most want (no, need) to distance myself from. I've been telling myself for far too long that I'll get back to it regularly. But I've come to accept that I simply don't want to. All that time here is too much of a reminder of things I desperately wish I could forget.
So, the "blog" portion of All Freelance Writing is no more.
You'll notice the blog link in the navigation is already removed. The archives will remain, and you can find them in the article archives ("Articles" link in the main navigation now). I've created a new article directory page that features some new categories and hand-picked featured articles from each of them, followed by links where you can read similar archived content.
There are over 1800 posts on this blog, and that's after many were cut in past site changes. Frankly, if there's something beginners need to know, it's already here. And I don't want to waste my time, or yours, being one of those bloggers who keeps parroting the same old crap to appeal to the few folks who are too lazy to search. Instead, I'd rather make it easier for you to find what's here.
That said, there will still be some new content, especially between now and the end of the year. For example:
I'll be sharing some updates about the 3-month experiment that ended in July (though that might be shared via the newsletter).
I'll still answer occasional reader questions if people ask things not already answered on the site and I feel my response will help more than just the person asking.
I'll still occasionally (rarely) post reviews, mostly when asked by colleagues I've long known and trusted (not random crap to keep new affiliate links flowing). I have one of these planned as of now and have no intention of actively seeking out more unless I find something I truly love and feel compelled to share.
You'll still be notified of that new content if you subscribe to the site's RSS feed or if you're subscribed via email. I'll also be adding a few sections to the article directory page including one near the top for the latest update, so you'll still see the newest material there. I expect to have that finished this week along with some technical fixes brought to my attention by a reader recently.
So, that's that. The blog is dead. The content is not. And while I'll be taking a broader blogging break (other than smaller ones I keep my name off of), I will be blogging about freelance writing more regularly again in the future. It just won't be here. And it won't be focused on beginners.
The Future Focus of All Freelance Writing
Despite stepping back from the blog, All Freelance Writing will remain an active resource for new freelance writers -- even more than it's been in recent months when I was unsure of how to proceed.
Starting in January (because I always take off at least half of December), the freelance writing job board will feature more curated listings on a more regular basis. I'll be setting the rhythm of things for the first 3-6 months, at which point I might bring someone else in to handle that so I can step back a bit further.
The newsletter is where I'll chime in on things like timely industry issues, warnings to help newer writers protect themselves, and anything else appropriate. Like I mentioned earlier, the blog will be reserved more for occasional reviews and reader questions.
I'm most excited to free up the time to work off-site on new resources for you. And some of those resources and other projects I'll finally have time to pursue will help me work toward something else important to me.
One thing I talked about in May's post was how absolutely fed up I am with insta-expert con artists that have been saturating the freelance writing community in recent years. They're a big reason I wouldn't walk away from the site completely.
My life has been impacted by liars, thieves, and frauds over the past several years to a degree I can't even put into words -- from someone I trusted doing irreparable damage personally to recently discovering a colleague I've known for at least 8 years (and also trusted) ripped off material from this very site. And the plan moving forward will let me deal with bullshit artists like those more head-on than I've been able to for a long time.
That's something someone needs to keep doing for the benefit of new writers who don't know their history, but it's also something I need to do for me.
So anyway, that's the gist of what's happening. Some of the changes have already been made. I was holding off on some others on the technical end until the WordPress 5.0 updates, but they've been delayed, so I'll take care of those before year's end. You'll also get a few more posts I've been holding off on before I go on vacation later this month.
Oh, and around the end of this year, you can expect a new freebie. I've had a nearly-finished e-book on setting and increasing your rates effectively, and it's just been waiting on me to put the final touches on and release it. But I didn't want to release anything until I knew where this site stood in my plans.
Rather than releasing it as a premium e-book, I'm going to give it to you for free as a thank you for the last 12 years (I can hardly believe this site's been around that long). So keep an eye on your inbox if you're subscribed. Or watch the site's Twitter account. I'll announce its release toward the end of this month.
User Account Changes
One technical change you should know about is the future elimination of user accounts here.
I'll soon be removing the join link from the header of the site. And the only place to sign up will be during the advertising process such as users of the writer directory. And on the very rare occasion I allow a guest post here, I'll still set up accounts for those authors. But with the forum closing months ago, and the constant influx of new registrations that have no real purpose anymore, I'm shutting down general membership.
What does this mean?
In January, I'll be deleting thousands of user accounts from this site. The only accounts that will remain are:
admin and developer accounts;
accounts tied to an approved profile in the freelance writer directory;
author accounts tied to older blog posts or tied to old forum posts that are retained in the archives.
So, if you signed up but you never used your account to publish anything publicly on the site, it will be gone in the New Year. I'll be going through any new registrations every few months moving forward to delete those as well if necessary. If you do have an account tied to any of those things, you don't need to worry about any changes. You'll retain the same access to your account.
One final thought -- don't expect me to be absent from the broader freelance writing community because of these changes. I've had multiple new projects in the works for freelance writers that I simply haven't had time to finalize. Now I will. And I fully intend to be active elsewhere. If anything, you'll probably see me around even more.
Below you'll find links to download a free press release template, and worksheets to help you outline case studies and white papers. These are all one-pagers. You can use the press release template as a basic model when writing releases for your own business or clients. And the two worksheets are designed to help you lay out your thoughts, statistics, and such before you begin writing.
I'm not going to go into detail about these project types here. The press release template is fairly self-explanatory, plus there's a free e-book on press release writing already on my Resources page. For white papers and case studies, these are tools, but they won't teach you much on their own. However, we'll be looking at those project types in more depth in February when we focus on your freelance writer websites and showcasing your skills and expertise.
You can find these and other tools and templates in my freelance writing resource collection. And if you have other project types you'd like resources for, feel free to leave a comment or contact me privately, and I'll consider adding them in the future.