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  • Electronic Submission Fees?

    My apologies if this is one of those topics that has been discussed ad nauseum; I searched, but did not see this specifically.

    I've noticed that a few literary journals have started charging submission fees for electronic submissions. The Missouri Review and Narrative are a couple; the Missouri Review charges $3.00 and still takes snail mail submissions, at no charge, while Narrative charges a whopping $20.00 and only takes electronic submissions.

    I know this is a really controversial topic, and I was wondering what others' views on it are. Personally, I have no problem with electronic submission fees if there is still an outlet for writers who don't want to pay the fee to use to submit (regular mail) and if writers whose work is accepted are being paid.

    I read a Forbes article in which the writer advocated requiring authors to subscribe instead of pay a submission fee - the thinking being that writers should be supporting the journals. Okay, my opinion on that one? Crazy! The Glimmer Train (no fee there, by the way) writer discount still leaves a subscription at $22.00. Can you imagine paying more than $20.00 to be allowed to submit? Yikes! I support the mags when I can, but there's a reason we're called starving artists.

    So, thoughts? I'm curious to know if submission fees are something the writing community is going to rebel against or if they are just an inevitable change as journals have to change to stay viable.
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