Poetry Rates 2014

It is ASA policy to review its Poetry and Poetry Anthology rates, with reference to Consumer Price Index changes. Please note that these poetry rates apply to first publication. For previously published poems, see the poetry anthology rates below. When calculating payment, the title of a poem should be included as a line.

  • Per line = $3.13
  • Up to 40 lines = $125.00
  • 41-60 lines = $188.00
  • 61-90 lines = $281.00
  • 91-135 lines = $422.00
  • 136-200 lines = $625.00
  • 201-300 lines = $938.00

Poetry anthology rates

The rate for previously published poems used in anthologies is $1.23 per line per 1000 copies printed, the minimum rate being $58.00 per poem (see chart below). Thus for a 65-line poem in an anthology of 2500 copies, the rate would be $199.29 (65 lines x $1.23 x 2.5 thousand copies). The title of a poem should be included as a line.

Optionally, editors and poets could share a one-off payment of 12% of the RRP of the edition times the print run. For example, 2% of the RRP might be attributed to the editor/s and 10% be attributed proportionately to the poets: 10% of the RRP times the size of the print run would be divided by the number of poems in the anthology in order to produce a dollar value for each poem; and then each poet would receive a sum based on the number of her/his poems appearing in the anthology (a sequence being counted as the total of the number of poems within it).

This system of paying poets whose works are anthologised could advantage them: anthologised poems would receive an up-front 10% whereas publication for poems in books that pay on the basis of sales, despite the size of the print run, could produce less than 10%.

These rates should be used with the ASA Poetry / Book Anthology Licence.

Print and digital editions

If a poem is being published in both print and eBook formats, the licence and fee should reflect this twin form of publication. To calculate the fee, poets should use the above chart to determine the amount for the print edition, and then add an additional 50% for the eBook edition.

The poet or rights holder should ask the publisher to clarify the digital formats they will publish in, and their anticipated number of digital sales. The licence should stipulate that the fee paid reflects a capped number of eBook sales (e.g. half of the print run), following which an additional fee will be paid based on sales figures.

Digital-only editions

For digital-only (eBook) editions, the poet or rights holder should request that the publisher stipulate in the licence the digital formats it will produce (e.g. ePub, Mobi, PDF) on the licence. The poet should also request that the publisher provide a projected number of sales of the eBook. Based on this figure, the poet should use the above table to determine a fair fee. The licence should stipulate that the fee paid reflects a capped number of eBook sales, following which an additional fee will be paid based on sales figures.

For poetry published digitally in online databases or platforms other than eBooks, please refer to the ASA’s Online Use Rates: https://www.asauthors.org/online-use-rates.

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