What We Pay (and how we do it)

Changes in Payments and Fees

Dear, dear readers and writers—

We have some changes to announce. They comprise both increases in the rates we pay our contributors and feedback and critique prices.

Our world of words and original thoughts, of stories and poems, is more robust than ever. Reading period after reading period, we’ve experienced growth in both our queue and the number of writers we are able to publish, year over year. As always, TLR does not solicit, so 100% of our magazine is dedicated to work from our queue.

We’ve also been able to pay our staff as well as contributors for four issues now, soon to be five.

Every issue, we get better at what we do. Our readers and editors become more skilled and more incisive with each piece of feedback we offer.

As promised, we are continuing this trend of growth and moving towards a sustainable model of literature. One consequence of this is a change in our feedback and critique pricing.

Fee Changes

When our next reading period opens on Tuesday May 7, you will see the following price changes:

  • Our feedback options will cost $1 more than they did previously.
  • Our critique pricing will now be as follows:
    •   1 – 1,499 words, the price for a full critique is $50.
    •   1,500 – 4,999 words, the price for a full critique is $60.
    •   5,000 – 7,499 words, the price for a full critique is $70.
    •   7,500 – 10,000 words, the price for a full critique is $85.
  • Our base submission rates (i.e., without feedback or critique) will remain the same.

Digital Subscriptions

Also as of May 7, electronic versions of TLR will cost $3.99 for a single issue, and a three-issue subscription will cost $8.99. Print prices will remain the same.

Increased Contributor Payments

TLR is increasing its pay for writers.

Starting with our next round of acceptances—for Issue #16, due out in November—authors of long prose and long works of poetry will receive $135 (an increase of $10). Contributors of shorter poetry and flash prose will receive $55 (an increase of $5).

For information about where and how we spend the monies generated by our submission fees, please see our Transparency Index below.

We are so happy to have seen this magazine reach its fifth year. We hope to be providing you with stories, essays, and poems you want to read, by people you want to know, for many more years to come.

Thank you for being a part of what we do at Tahoma Literary Review.

Your TLR editors

 

The Transparency Index

Because we're committed to transparency in the publishing process, we publish a transparency index for each of our issues. Tahoma Literary Review pays everyone involved in our publication, from publisher/editor to production artist.

 Payment is made possible by:

  • Revenues received from submission fees (fees range from $4 to $8)
  • Critique fees
  • Print journal sales
  • A portion (20%) of the fees paid to the publishers for speaking engagements, articles written dealing with the work of TLR, or other engagements undertaken in the role of publisher or editor
  • Contributions from sources such as donors and foundations 

Here are the audited statistics from our past issues and reading periods:

Issue 14 (Spring 2019)

Transparency Index, Issue 14

Issue 13 (Fall/Winter 2018)

 

Issue 12 (Summer 2018)

Issue 11 (Spring 2018)

Poetry Nonfiction Flash Fiction Total
Submissions 367 109 149 395 1,020
Submission Fees $2,423 $789 $776 $3,682 $7,670
Submittable Fee (5% + $.99/sub) $523 $148 $187 $576 $1,434
Donations         $0
Net Submission Income $1,870 $641 $589 $3,106 $6,206
Pieces Selected 11 3 2 5 21
Pay Rate $50/$125 $125 $50 $125  
Contributor Payments $625 $375 $100 $625 $1,725
Other Production Expenses         $1,213
Income (Loss) $3,269
Publishers' Share (distributed among four partners/editors) $2,000
Retained in Tahoma Literary Review
$1,269
Note: We have revised our Transparency Index slightly for issue 11. For one, we have made contributor payments uniform across genres. For another, we are including here other production expenses, including pay for our readers, copy editor, graphic designer, and cover artist. 

 

Issue 10 (
Category Poetry Fiction Nonfiction Flash Flash Nonfiction Total
Submissions 252 262 61 78 37 690
Fee Income 1008.00 2340.00 369.00 376.00 176.00 4269.00
Submittable fee 5% + $.99 per sub 376.00 300.00 79.00 96.00 45.00 897.00
Donation Share 10.00 10.00 10.00 10.00 10.00 50.00
Publisher Share 248.00 687.00 0.00 98.00 40.00 1073.86
Available to Pay 470.00 1286.00 300.00 192.00 100.00 2347.00
Pieces Selected 9 4 3 4 2 21
Pay Rate 52.00 300.00 150.00 50.00 50.00
Notes: Figures are rounded to the nearest dollar amount. Some income from Fiction was shifted to increase payment amounts to other categories. Fiction maximum is $300. 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 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