Fees: should losers pay winners?

No, they should not. But some literary publications and theaters make the losers pay the winners

I have no objection to fees that support operations

In fact I submit fees.

Dramatists Guild

examples literary journals

“Gulf Coast is committed to supporting the authors who publish in our journal. . . . To this end, Gulf Coast has instituted a small reading fee ($2.50) for regular submissions, 100% of which will go toward increasing the honorariums for the authors whose work we publish in the journal and on the website.”

Notice that Gulf Coast isn’t spending any of its own money to support writers.

Publication is often reward enough

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Disadvantaging the disadvantaged

Imposing an unnecessary submission fee on writers places yet another burden on writers who are not affluent. How do publications explain this at a time when most literary journals actively solicit submissions from marginalized writers, new immigrants, and .

While a $2.50 submission fee is in itself modest, how many submissions can a poor person afford?

Creating a fee just because one can certainly fits capitalism, but I would expect a student-run publication to be more sensitive to how their fee works against people of little means.

Actors don’t pay fees to audition

Do actors pay fees to audition, and then watch their fees being given to the actors who are eventually cast? No, of course not.

In fact, actors never pay fees to audition, even though auditions have costs to the theaters.

Market forces probably explain this, as any small theater must employ local actors, but writers can flood the thneater from anywhere in the world.

Most community theaters have a significantly greater pool of women actors than men. [CITE ONE]

If one such theater fully operated on market forces FIX, it might charge women actors a fee to audition, using those fees to pay male actors to audition.

Durango as an example

Durango as an example

The Durango Arts Center charges playwrights $12 to submit a play. But they do not charge actors a fee to audition.

The playwrights have to pay a fee to cover the administrative costs of reading scripts and the cost of auditioning actors.

In 2017 the Durango Arts Center awarded $500 grand prize, 120 submissions, fan favorite $100

I have no clue about how much of — look up Durango’s 990
My $12 is there somewhere

“The contest entry fee supports the administrative expenses related to the three-part 10-Minute Play Series (Contest, Staged Readings, and Festival). Staff activities include the dissemination of the contest worldwide; recruiting and selecting volunteers to serve as readers and judges for submissions; receiving, recording, distributing, and tallying the judging process of the contest; recruiting/auditioning community actors and directors for the staged readings and festival; space and utility usage for mounting and producing the staged readings and festival; design costs of set, lights, costumes, props, and sound for the staged readings and festival; marketing and box office personnel for staged readings and festival; and advertising for an audience for the staged readings and festival.”

$600 goes to the Grand Prize Winner and the People’s Choice Award, lingo that seems better suited tov

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