Thank you for writing this, Christina! I began contributing through the paid program and have been curated twice. I’ve written around 50 total pieces and this low rate of curation feels discouraging. I do write a lot of poetry.
I wonder if there are ways to assist longevity of stories that have not been curated? So far, I link to one non-curated piece in new pieces I publish, and lost links in a Medium Facebook group and on twitter occasionally.
Thanks again for your insight!