Wow! I thought I'd seen everything when it came to publishers but this one really threw me,
"NOTE: Imagine asking for payment information at the
very beginning of a job interview. Bad form? Yes. Now imagine doing the
same prior to submitting a query or book proposal and before having
either accepted. Bad form? Yes, with a very high probability of
excluding the inquiring party from future consideration. Good form?
Follow the above guidelines, down to submitting in PDF
format. If your manuscript is accepted you will be given a detailed
publishing contract, which speaks clearly to your remuneration."
I wonder if they ask their plumber how much he's going to charge before he does a job for them or if they just pay whatever they feel like and hope the plumber doesn't rip the toilet out of the wall. Why should a writer submit to an anthology call without knowing up front what the payment is?