So I was disappointed today when I received a donation solicitation from One Story magazine that included this option:
Editor: $100 – I’ll pay one author for their story
And there we have noun-pronoun disagreement from a respected magazine. Is solecism preferable to sexism? Maybe, but why not go the extra word or two and avoid the problem? “I’ll pay an author for one story,” or even “I’ll pay one author for a story.” There are lots of options. Fortunately, my students are not likely to see this, and so I may be able to preserve my credibility at least until the end of the semester.