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.
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