Mean Monday: Narrative Magazine Again! A Comment That Takes Things One Step Further
I was starting to understand Blake Butler’s argument regarding the amount of solicited writers that Narrative Magazine publishes versus the money they take from the unsolicited pile. And then David Kemp left this in the comment section, which spreads the responsibility even further than the editors of Narrative and I found his comment more or less convincing:
First rule of dignity:
1) Never pay to have your work published.
More important, never pay to have your work “considered” by a “reputable” publication, unless it’s a small press and they might publish your entire collection/novel with what small funds the reading fees generate.
Reading fees for a single story? This, friends, is insane.
Better to spend your 20 bucks supporting a realistic press that makes no money at all.
Narrative, nice try, and in the future, gag on the virtual revulsion at your tactics.
“To labor and not to seek reward”–Ignatius
Narrative, who the cornshock do you think you are?
Hey, all you solicited authors, tell them no.
Tell them no. Tell them “I will not ruin my name on the backs young authors.”
And, hey, we’re watching.
Narrative Magazine, what has become of you? You hacksaw heartbreak waste.
Friends, Spend the twenty on a new book, or an old book, or a book that doesn’t exist yet.
Have some dignity.
Narrative Magazine will right itself once it realizes its fundamental error.
Magazines pay (or don’t pay) contributors for their work. One thing they aren’t, and should never be allowed to get away with, is charging reading fees.
That’s vanity press signature all over what used to be worthwhile.
Narrative Magazine? Apparently, they ain’t nothing special.
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