The premier issue of Songs of Eretz Poetry E-zine will debut in the fall of 2013. The response to our call for submissions has been encouraging.
We initially offered poets a per-word pay rate of five cents, with a one dollar minimum and five dollar maximum. This was in an effort to pay a professional rate, within reason, modeled on the rates paid by professional short fiction markets. Shorter poems would have been paid less; longer poems would have been paid more.
We have changed to paying a flat rate of seven dollars per poem regardless of length, two dollars for reprints. This change was made in order to acknowledge that the length of a poem is not a measure of its impact, quality, or even of the time spent in its composition. We have also dropped the 200-word "query first" requirement.
The new pay rate puts the e-zine in a much more competitive sphere of paying poetry markets. We expect the quality and quantity of submissions will increase accordingly--so please send us your best.
Steven Wittenberg Gordon, MD