Friday, October 14, 2011

$5 Submission? I don't think so.

I just learned that StoryQuarterly, the magazine that used to be independent, was swallowed by Narrative, and then re-emerged as the Literary Magazine of Rutgers-Camden, is now charging $5 for each submission. I'm not going to pay it.

More and more magazines are charging a little something for electronic submissions, $2 or less, sometimes $3. While many object to those fees--the electronic submission doesn't have to increase a magazine's costs, so why do they charge anything?--at least those fees are pretty close to what it would cost to copy and mail a story with a self-addressed stamped envelope.

But $5? I don't think so. If they want to turn off the spigot of submissions so that they can focus solely on soliciting work, they've made an excellent move. I don't suppose they'll miss getting work from me--I usually send one story a year and recently withdrew a story that had been accepted elsewhere--but I'm just not going to pay them $5 to submit.


Abe said...

Yeah. I noticed this too. I don't really mind the $3 fees, but $5 seems steep.

Even if it's a naked money grab, I think they'd make more at a $3. Volume has got to go down big time.

Clifford Garstang said...

which maybe is the point?

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