Anybody have any thoughts on getting published in an Anthology?
Are there any pros?
HI, I had to answer this one, because a few years ago I did get published in an anthology. I won a poetry competition and they wrote me a lovely letter saying it had won, and they were going to publish it. I was really pleased, then I read the small print. If I wanted to see my poem in print, I had to pay 50 pounds, about 90 dollars for the book! as I didn't have the money at that time I never saw it, and haven't bought it since! but of course if you can afford it then its great!
Like Nell Rose, I have won several contests that publish the work in an anthology. And as she wrote, you can buy the book to see yourself in print. I never did, but I did see one of the anthologies and they were horrendous. Thousands of poems, tiny print, a very unpleasing format.
I really see no advantage to getting published in an anthology unless it is put out by reputable publishing house and not a scam for the publisher to make money.
You get invited and then as Nell and duffsmom said, they ask you to pay for the publishing cost.
I am a member of the Poets Roundtable of Arkansas. We publish anthologies every other year. If your poem wins $5 in our state contests, you may publish your poem in the anthology for $10. Other states have anthologies at different prices. But $10 is resonable. The poem I am haviong published this year won $25 in one contest and $15 in another. I don't mind paying $10 to have it pubnlished.
There are several state organizations that offer contests and anthoplogiers if you are interested.
You could always self-publish your work. I have. I went to www.createspace.com, created an account and followed the instruction on how to publish my work. I am now a self-published author on Amazon.com.
Do you see a trend here? I suggest to my students they write a "chapbook" or publish a compilation on Smashwords.com for free...CreateSpace affiliated with Amazon...is also free.
Poetry.com, the online telephone book scam, uses onion skin paper to publish thousands of "award-winning" poetry. They invite you to pay $65 for your copy and read your poem in Florida, hosted by a forgotten celebrity--usually a singer.
Be very wary of any poetry contest...make sure it's legit...and don't send them money. You're better off publishing on HubPages if you are a volcanic poet that must allow your hot words to flow down the literary mountainside.
I don't see any cons, unless you have to pay to buy you copy of the book, like poetry.com does. anthologies are a great way to get your name out there!
Maybe some prose but...sorry, couldn't resist! I'd just be careful and very wary of most invites as buying a copy seems to be a greater requirement than writing good poetry. I don't mean to paint all such ventures with a broad brush, but by and large it's usually a money-making scam, as can be very quickly discerned by viewing some of the writing they portray as stellar and publishable.
by 2uesday 8 years ago
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by Leptirela 8 years ago
If I entered one of my Hubs (poems) in a poetry competition is that a problem?!!? seeing as its...published here first?!...Ive aready sent it through and submitted and now am not sure If I did the right thing
by dotty1 8 years ago
Hi there everyone, hope that you are well...Could anyone help me out here?? Is the best way to potentially get work published by badgering poetry contests? or could you point this disillusioned shy poet in the right direction? xxx D
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When will the new poetry competition start?
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