A Northwest Based Literary Journal

TLR By The Numbers: Submission and Payment Stats for Each Issue

When Kelly and I started Tahoma Literary Review, we knew we were facing some risks. The business model we proposed was a hybrid, combining what we saw as the best features of literary journals with a collaborative effort among writers and editors to ensure published writers were fairly paid.

It’s tough enough to start and sustain a journal amid the current chaos of the online/POD/print literary world, and then to… gulp… ask writers to pay submission fees? Who would submit?

We added aspects that we, as writers, crave from the journals we submit to: a transparent selection process in which all published pieces come from the submission queue; all submissions read by the editors (no first readers); free replacement of work accepted elsewhere; links to craft articles, readings, and interviews; our Fiction and Nonfiction Feedback options; and finally, an open book policy regarding the journal’s finances.

Here are the statistics from each of our reading periods.

Issue 8

Category Poetry Fiction Nonfiction Flash Flash Nonfiction Total
Submissions 460 301 62 86 47 956
Fee Income
1840.00 2123.00 382.00 420.00 240.00 5005.00
Submittable fee 5% + $.99 per sub 547.40 404.14 80.48 106.14 58.53 1196.69
Donation Share
27.60 27.60 27.60 27.60 27.60 138.00
Publisher Share 452.41 601.60 0.00 109.85 0.00 1163.86
Available to Pay 867.79 1144.86 392.12 231.61 209.07 2845.45
Pieces Selected 13 4 3 4 4 28
Pay Rate 66.75 250.00 149.00 50.00 50.00
Note: some income from Fiction and Flash Fiction was shifted to increase payment amounts to Nonfiction. Flash Fiction and Flash Nonfiction maximums are $50.

Issue 7

Category Poetry Fiction Nonfiction Flash Flash Nonfiction Total
Submissions 154 154 24 53 25 410
Fee Income
616.00 924.00 144.00 212.00 100.00 1996.00
Submittable fee 5% + $.99 per sub 183.26 198.66 30.96 63.07 29.75 505.70
Donation Share
21.20 21.20 21.20 21.20 21.20 106.00
Print Sales Share 8.80 8.80 8.80 8.80 8.80 44.00
Publisher Share 154.54 256.95 -99.19 27.60 27.67 367.57
Available to Pay 308.20 498.39 124.81 151.33 72.68 1272.73
Pieces Selected 10 3 2 3 1 19
Pay Rate 30.82 160.13 75.00 50.00 50.00

Issue 6

Category Poetry Fiction Nonfiction Flash Flash Nonfiction Total
Submissions 160 141 38 48 22 409
Fee 4.00 6.00 6.00 4.00 4.00
Fee Income
640.00 846.00 228.00 192.00 88.00 1994.00
Submittable fee 5% + $.99 per sub 190.00 182.00 49.00 57.00 26.00 504.00
Donation Share
5.00 5.00 55.00 5.00 55.00 125.00
Print Sales Share 5.00 5.00 5.00 5.00 5.00 25.00
Publisher Share 130.00 258.00 14.00 5.00 11.00 418.00
Available to Pay 330.00 416.00 225.00 140.00 111.00 1222.00
Pieces Selected 11 4 3 4 3 25
Pay Rate 30.00 104.00 75.00 35.00 37.00

Issue 5

Category Poetry Fiction Nonfiction Flash Flash Nonfiction Total
Submissions 234 197 25 63 29 548
Fee 4.00 6.00 6.00 4.00 4.00
Fee Income
936.00 1182.00 150.00 252.00 116.00 2636.00
Submittable fee 5% + $.99 per sub 278.46 254.13 32.25 74.97 34.51 582.64
Donation Share
31.50 31.50 31.50 31.50 31.50 157.50
Print Sales Share 21.37 21.37 21.37 21.37 21.37 106.87
Publisher Share 118.81 166.12 0.00 34.72 18.00 437.65
Available to Pay 591.60 814.63 170.62 195.18 116.36 1888.39
Pieces Selected 15 6 2 5 3 31
Pay Rate 39.44 135.77 85.31 39.04 38.79

Issue 4

Category Poetry Fiction Nonfiction Flash Flash Nonfiction Total
Submissions 242 123 39 49 23 476
Fee 4.00 6.00 6.00 4.00 4.00
Fee Income
968.00 738.00 234.00 196.00 92.00 2228.00
Submittable fee 5% + $.99 per sub 287.98 158.67 39.51 58.31 27.37 582.64
Donation Share
15.43 15.43 15.43 15.43 15.43 52.50
Print Sales Share 21.64 21.64 21.64 21.64 21.64 108.21
Publisher Share 122.79 105.17 0.00 0.00 1.70 229.66
Available to Pay 594.30 511.23 220.76 174.76 100.00 1576.41
Pieces Selected 15 4 2 4 2 27
Pay Rate 39.62 127.81 110.36 43.69 50.00

Issue 3

Category Poetry Fiction Nonfiction Flash Flash Nonfiction Total
Submissions 144 91 21 44 10 310
Fee 4.00 6.00 6.00 4.00 4.00
Fee Income
576.00 546.00 126.00 176.00 40.00 1464.00
Submittable fee 5% + $.99 per sub 171.36 117.39 27.09 52.36 11.90 380.10
Donation Share
5.00 5.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 22.00
Print Sales Share 21.64 21.64 21.64 21.64 21.64 108.21
Publisher Share 74.60 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 431.21
Available to Pay 356.68 455.25 124.55 149.28 53.74 1005.49
Pieces Selected 10 4 2 3 1 20
Pay Rate 35.67 113.81 62.28 49.76 53.74

Issue 2

Category Poetry Fiction Nonfiction Flash Flash Nonfiction Total
Submissions 225 135 49 52 24 461
Fee 4.00 6.00 6.00 4.00 4.00
Fee Income
900.00 810.00 294.00 208.00 96.00 2308.00
Submittable fee 5% + $.99 per sub 267.75 174.15 63.21 61.88 28.56 595.55
Donation Share
139.51 139.51 139.51 42.67 43.81 505.00
Print Sales Share 19.00 19.00 19.00 19.00 19.00 95.00
Publisher Share 113.97 229.20 0.00 57.79 30.25 431.21
Available to Pay 676.79 565.16 389.29 150.00 100.00 1881.24
Pieces Selected 18 4 4 3 2 31
Pay Rate 37.60 141.29 97.32 50.00 50.00

Issue 1

Category Poetry Fiction Flash Total
Submissions 351 167 79 597
Fee 4.00 6.00 4.00
Sub Total 1404.00 1002.00 316.00 2722.00
Submittable fee 5% + $.99 per sub
417.69 215.43 94.01 727.13
Donation Share 35.00 45.00 35.00 115.00
Sub Total 1021.31 831.57 256.99 2109.87
Publisher Share 295.00 150.00 6.99 445.00
Available to Pay 726.31 681.57 250.00 1664.87
Pieces Selected 24 5 5 34
Pay Rate 30.26 136.31 50.00

In case you’re wondering, the Publisher Share is used for things like business licenses and fees, advertising, and web development. So far, for each issue we’ve elected to cut our publishers’ share, and put additional funds into the payment pool.
-JP