We believe literary magazines should be ethical and honest in their treatment of writers and staff regarding reading fees and staff pay. There is a tender balance between keeping reading fees low, paying writers for their work, and paying staff for their labor. Here’s how we’ve struck the balance:
Reading fees. We believe everyone should have access to our market, and therefore, we always keep categories open for free: poetry (2-3 poems), flash (fiction & CNF), and art. We charge $5 submissions for longer prose. Submittable takes a cut of these fees, and the majority of the rest goes to pay writers. A small percentage is retained to fund the magazine (web hosting fees, marketing, editor honoraria, etc.).
Writers get paid. We believe strongly that writers should be paid for their work and are proud of our commitment. We pay every writer and artist US $120 per piece.
Staff labor. Our EIC does not take a salary. Our editors are paid a token honorarium quarterly. Our reading staff reads on a volunteer basis. Their opportunity for income is through giving feedback to writers who have paid for that service.
Profits. Net profits to the magazine go to fund special initiatives, contest prizes, and production costs.