admin wrote:Speaking only for myself, I do not submit to competitions that charge fees, or to magazines that charge reading fees. If a magazine has a large enough circulation to make it worthwhile to publish in it, then it can afford an editor to read the manuscripts.
But that's just me.
It's interesting that a fair few people share this view - and I can completely understand where they're coming from. I'm not expecting to persuade you, but would like to offer some explanation...
Normally, an author would submit their story to an ezine, or other 'print' magazine, for considered inclusion in an issue. They might get paid for this (if it's a paying market) or they might not (if it's an exposure only publication). Concept Sci-fi runs an 'exposure only' ezine at the current time and the ezine is freely downloadable - and the circulation is quite reasonable and growing steadily.
This is separate to the competition I'm running now. The two are not related at all.
What I'm advertising here is a writing competition - a chance for one writer to prove he or she is better than all the other entrants and to walk away with £100 and signed copies of books from Sean Williams. To cover the prize money, I'm simply charging an entry fee. The British Science Fiction Assoiation ran a similar competition last year, where they charged £10 to enter and had a £500 prize.
I am just one person, and cannot afford to run the website and offer £100 as a prize without charging an entry fee. Many competitions both over the web and in real life have entry fees. Some people don't mind paying to enter a competition, some do. That's their choice.
Concept Sci-fi is run solely by me. I'm the editor and the web designer. I work for free and fund the site out of my own pocket - so being able to afford an editor to read manuscripts is not really the issue here. I can afford to read the manuscripts. What I can't afford is to offer £100 prizes without charging an entry fee - I wish I could!
Thank you for taking the time to provide your opinion anyway.