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For many poets, getting their work published is a labor of love, not money. Writer’s Relief found this article on the literary magazine Plowshares’ blog that explores why literary journals do not (and perhaps should not) pay writers for the privilege of publishing their work:
Online publications have proven especially meaningful as the literary community evolves within online spaces. Magazines with free, shareable content…enable writers and readers to circulate new voices in a way they can’t with a print publication. As a result, I’ve heard countless poets say they’d rather have their work published online nowadays. “That’s where the readers are,” reports Stephanie Burt in the New Yorker. “Ander Monson’s quirky journal DIAGRAM (poetry, essays, and actual diagrams) reported forty thousand unique visitors per month in 2014.”
But new publishers, operating with virtually unlimited space to publish, also run the risk of taking more than they provide.