Writers can publish their poems online by submitting their work to online poetry publications, starting a poetry blog or joining social media websites focused on poetry. When choosing the best option, writers should consider the audience they want to reach and whether they want to receive money for their work.
Writers who wish to sell their poems should consult online publishing directories such as WritersMarket. These websites, some of which are only available to members, maintain databases of online and print publishers that are currently seeking submissions, as well as details like contact information and pay rates. When submitting to online publications, writers should consult each publisher's submission guidelines and follow them exactly.
As of October 2015, one example of a poetry publisher is the Poetry Foundation, which publishes poems both online and in its print journal. The foundation only considers previously unpublished poems and pays a minimum of $300 for the poems it publishes.
Writers who only wish to share their work online can choose to publish their poems on a personal blog or a website such as Hello Poetry. Hello Poetry allows users to set up profile pages and publish poems publicly or privately. Other users can read and comment on public poems and mark those poems as favorites. Although venues like Hello Poetry do not pay for published poetry, they offer a chance to connect with other writers and receive feedback.