Show Me The Money: 11+ Frequently Asked Questions About Poetry And Money

People often ask me whether or not they should pursue a career in poetry, and I immediately say yes! Poetry is one of the best ways to make money these days because of the rising popularity of spoken word. 

However, you must know some things about how much you can earn before getting into this profession. So here are some frequently asked questions about making money as a poet with answers from someone who knows what he’s talking about.

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Can poetry make money?

Absolutely! There are tons of opportunities for both writers and performers out there! Poetry submissions, chapbook, ebook and anthology sales, appearances, Instagram,  poetry competitions, writing workshops, merchandise sales, and even social media present great, lucrative opportunities for poets looking to live off their craft.

Can you make a living as a poet?

You can, but it’s complicated. Only the most famous poets in our time can actually live off of their poetry alone, and they certainly aren’t making millions like mainstream writers. The truth is whether or not you make money depends highly on the type of poet you are. Poets who write for magazines and publishing houses won’t make as much money as poets who work independently like authors, performers or workshop instructors.

Who can be a successful poet?

Pretty much everyone can become an exceptional poet these days! However, not all types of people are successful. Success comes down to how hard you’re willing to work, the time and effort you put into building your network, increasing your exposure and keeping yourself relevant in an ever-changing industry.

How much money can poets make?

Poets can make money from performing at open mic events, slams or other poetry venues that could earn from \$0 to several hundred dollars per event. Writing workshops usually earn around $100 for an hour. Workshop instructor/teacher – varies from hundreds to thousands(depending on the platform.

Publishing chapbooks and eBooks online through Amazon Kindle Publishing could earn $0 to several hundred dollars depending on your contract. Publishing books with traditional publishing houses may make a couple of thousands of dollars for a first book.

If you are able, I would suggest self-publishing online until you’ve established yourself as an author or poet who is worth investing money in. Submitting poems to magazines and journals – around $5 to $100 per poem. Poetry submissions to websites earn around $20-300 or more, depending on your contract/rate. Consulting for other poets and creatives about how they can make money through their poetry depends on the type of consulting you’re providing.

There is no definitive answer to this question because it varies based on who you are, your goals, and how hard you’re willing to work. If you want to make money through poetry – remember that it is like any other business. There’s no overnight success or quick way of earning significant income without putting in the time and effort!

How do I get paid?

It really depends on what kind of work you are doing. If you’re writing for magazines, journals or performing at open mic events, the payment is usually in the form of money after your work has been published/performed. Some places also pay with free drink coupons(especially the case with open mic events)! If you’ve done a workshop or given someone else advice about how they can make more money through their poetry, then expect to be paid in cash or check.

In some cases, you might be paid with a free product from a company that is promoting itself through your work(this usually means they’re going to send you a bunch of their stuff and ask for an honest review on your social media accounts).

You may want to be active on social media and establish yourself as a brand to earn influencer income.

Who is the richest poet alive?

According to multiple sources, Rupi Kaur is said to have a net worth of \$1,3 Million. Many poets have been able to make a substantial living from their craft; however, none of them have made it big enough where they could be considered “rich”.

Poets like Billy Collins and many others have made a living as an author thanks to their published work. However, even those people didn’t become rich from that alone!

The truth is most poets don’t live off of the money they earn through poetry alone and usually supplement with other income sources such as teaching or working in marketing/business development for other companies.

Where can I submit poems for money?

Check out this article we wrote earlier about the websites that will pay you for your poetry. There are many places online and offline where you can submit your poems for money. The most popular options include open mic events, slams or other poetry venues that could earn from $0 to several hundred dollars per event!

Some websites and magazines will pay you to write poems for them. Some websites don’t pay anything and just offer exposure, while others may ask around $20 per poem or more depending on your contract/rate!

How much are poems worth?

It’s hard to put a price on something so intangible, but I’m going to try. It’s important to remember that valuations in poetry are like every other industry, where your experience, impact, geographic location, and body of work influence the value. The great thing about art is that your work is as valuable as you think it is. On the flip side, poetry is worth only what people are willing to pay for.

There are many different ways of looking at the value of a poem. You could also say the value of a poem depends on how much it helps someone understand themselves or their world better.

Another way to look at it would be in terms of what kind of change the poet was trying to make when they wrote it. Some poets want their work to evoke feelings, while others hope their words will help people become more aware and less afraid.

The two most important things for writers are creating an experience with every line and telling us something new about ourselves or our world. We’re always learning from poetry, whether it’s something we already knew or a new idea that completely changes the way we think about life!

From this perspective, do poems have any value? The answer is yes. 

Is being a poet a career?

Not all poets are interested in creating something that they can use to feed themselves daily. Many writers just write because it’s their passion, and others do so as an art form. It’s challenging to determine what would qualify as a “career” in the world of poetry because many poets are only paid through donations or other forms of appreciation.

So the answer is it depends on the poet. Some poets are lucky enough to make living writing poems, while others don’t do it because they want to or need to, but simply because they love doing so and would be doing it anyway even if no one was paying them for their work!

How can I be a successful poet?

The first step to becoming a successful poet is writing every day and sharing your work with as many people as possible. The more you write, the better you’ll get at telling stories that matter in new ways.

Another important thing is connecting yourself with other poets or writers who can give you feedback on your craft and help make sure your words reach the right audience.

If your goal is to make money as a poet, the key is finding what makes you different from other poets out there and giving people an experience that’s worth paying for. The more specific and unique your writing becomes, the easier it’ll be for readers to understand why they should pay to read it.


Poetry and money are two subjects that seem to be mutually exclusive. But, as we mentioned before, poetry is a form of capital. The emergence of the digital publishing industry has opened up new opportunities for writers who want to make their work available on Amazon or other online stores.

With so many options out there, it’s easier than ever for poets to get paid in some way-whether they sell copies on their own website or publish with an established company. The bottom line is that you need to build an audience if you want people to pay for your words. Just keep trying until you finally break through.