As I’ve been submitting my writing, I’ve been, of course, running into pay to submit journals and magazines. I get why a lot of them do it, you have to keep the lights on, the website functional, and pizza for the grad students every once in awhile. But as much as I understand the reasoning behind it, I tend to avoid any publication where there’s a reading fee like most of the writers I know because of two reasons:

  • I’m a writer, so that automatically means I don’t have a lot of money to throw around.
  • I think reading fees are entirely biased towards the upper-middle class. (By the way, if you want to encourage diversity in literature, it’s a good idea to not charge working-class kids to read their work.)

But let me ask: Are you ever tempted to pay a submission fee?

Have you ever thought about paying for “priority” submissions. You know, paying to have your story moved up in the slush pile.

How about contest fees? Would you be willing to pay for that?

Let me know what you think.

And no, I don’t have comments here, but isn’t that what social media is for, right?


Okay, over the last few days I’ve been receiving messages and e-mails regarding a couple of questions I asked on Facebook. The first question was this:

Basically what I wanted to know was do you admit to liking artists, performers, athletes, et cetera, like Chris Brown and Kiefer Sutherland?

Next day, I posted this one.

This one is a little less frivolous and VERY open ended. This is when I started getting the messages and here’s how I responded.

  • Mrs. Rawson and I are fine and happy.
  • The kids are okay.
  • Writing’s going good
  • No, I didn’t do anything. Why would you even ask that?
  • If you were standing in front of me right now I would break a bottle over your head.

Long story short, I asked both questions about something I’m writing, so thanks for participating if you did, the couple of minutes you added to the discussion means a lot.


Morning Soundtrack: Pinegrove