What We Pay (and how we do it)

Payment for fiction ranges from $200 to $300. Payment for poetry is a minimum of $50, and $100 for long poems. For nonfiction, payment averages around $100. For flash fiction and flash nonfiction, payment has historically averaged $40 to $50. The amount is determined by the revenues received from submission fees (our fees range from $4 to $7), print journal sales, and contributions from sources such as donors and foundations.

Because we're committed to transparency in the publishing process, especially where author payment is concerned, we publish a transparency index for each of our issues.

Here are our audited statistics from each of our issues and reading periods:

Issue 9
Category Poetry Fiction Nonfiction Flash Flash Nonfiction Total
Submissions 248 282 57 70 24 681
Fee Income 992.00 1968.00 353.00 350.00 126.00 3789.00
Submittable fee 5% + $.99 per sub 295.00 378.00 74.00 87.00 30.00 1196.69
Donation Share 10.00 10.00 10.00 10.00 10.00 50.00
Publisher Share 244.00 557.00 0.00 73.00 0.00 1163.86
Available to Pay 463.00 1044.00 289.00 200.00 106.00 2845.45
Pieces Selected 10 4 3 4 3 24
Pay Rate 50.00 253.00 120.00 50.00 45.00
Notes: Figures are rounded to the nearest dollar amount. Some income from Fiction was shifted to increase payment amounts to Poetry and Nonfiction. Flash Fiction and Flash Nonfiction maximums are $50. 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.
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