I tweeted recently about which situations poetry critics could reasonably asked to be paid for their writing, and how much. As part of this discussion, it seemed clear that an easy way by which we could help would be to establish a minimum rate that critics/reviewers could expect, and an idea of which publications it would be reasonable to expect payment from.
In first conversations, a few people mentioned that all publications with some funding and/or national circulation should be able to pay, and at ~£100 per 1,000 words at minimum. However, this felt like it was arrived at somewhat arbitrarily.
Therefore, I’m collecting submissions on how much (if anything) writers have been paid for book reviews/criticism/essays by poetry magazines or websites in the past. This will only ever be published anonymously (if at all).
Please follow this link to submit a form on how much you’ve been paid for your writing. Please fill in the form and send once for each fee you’d like to record. If you don’t like forms or this form in particular, or if you’ve any other comments, or if you just want to send me an email, you can do that instead: firstname.lastname@example.org.