I was going through the submission guidelines of a lliterary magazine that really sounded impressive. Until I got to the part where they explained that they're a non-profit and charge a reading fee of $20 to cover their admin costs.
Having worked with a number of non-profits over the years, I completely understand funding challenges. As a writer, I also understand the passion that can drive one to do whatever it takes to get your own material, and material that you deem as "good" out there to the reading public.
Still, I was floored by the suggestionthat a writer would pay a potential publisher to evaluate whether their work is suitable for publication. Isn't that a whole new low even for this very challenging industry?
What do you think? Would you pay a reading fee to a publisher??