Earl Gray

Earl Gray
"You can argue with me but, in the end, you'll have to face that fact that you're arguing with a squirrel." - Earl Gray

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Reading Fees

Earl the Squirrel's Rule #69
     Emily Harstone wrote in "Authors Publish":  "In the last two years there has been a solid shift towards charging authors submission fees. Most magazines that charge authors are not going to pay these authors even if they accept their work. This is a real issue for me."

      Me too.  I have no issue with subscription or contest entry fees but submission/reading fees are a non-starter.  As Bill Maher might say:  "New Rule:  You don't get to defend submission fees and then say that poetry isn't dead."

     This is only one editor removed from the infamous Poetry.com scam.  That editor now has more incentive to find writers than readers.  A century of experience has taught us what to expect when this is the case.

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