On Submission Fees & Publishers with Class (or without)

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  • Submission fees have their pros and cons. There’s a number of things to consider when deciding if it’s worth it to “pay to play”. One of them, maybe the one, is the goodness of a place you’re about to submit your work to. Here’s what I mean by goodness:

“I was just describing what my experience has been like to another writer I’ve been encouraging…explaining that you are honest, and a force for good, and that sets a tone that comes through in everything, and produces all its own evidence, as all good work being done out of love does, and that’s what makes Glimmer Train different. It’s the two of you, it’s personal, and it matters. There is no warmer home for writers than what you two have built. And I feel so fortunate to have found my home early, because it’s made such a difference, and by some strange magic, always when I’ve needed it the most.” — Gabe Herron

My work hasn’t appeared in Glimmer Train, but I still remember their rejection letter. It was personalized, honest, and encouraging — it felt like acceptance. It came from a publisher with class, a good publisher.

Glimmer Train New Writer Award is open. 1st place wins $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories! Deadline: 6/30. (The grace period for the Fiction Open and Very Short contests ends 5/10.)

  • Another reason to submit to Glimmer Train is that, sadly, after nearly thirty years it’s leaving. Being nice as they are, the two sisters who run it have given writers and subscribers plenty of notice. They’ll accept submissions for twelve more months.

Send your best work, pay a submission fee, and add Glimmer Train to the list of your publications! Good luck.

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To Pay, or Not To Pay; or the Pros & Cons of Submission Fees in Poetry (& Other Kinds of) Publishing

Child Reading (Enfant lisant)

What’s your take on submission fees? Do you keep track of what you spend on submissions? Are you planning to pay-to-play in 2018? Share in the comments.

In case you’re leaning toward fee-free options, Erica Verrillo regularly posts lists of free contests, as well as lists of paying markets, for all genres.

Image credit: Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Child Reading (Enfant lisant), early 1890s. Oil on canvas, Overall: 12 13/16 x 16 1/4 in. (32.6 x 41.3 cm). BF51. Public Domain.