This morning I read an article over at Electric Lit by Lincoln Michael titled "Is it Time for Literary Magazines to Rethink the Slush?". The article starts out discussing the subject of fees then talks about dealing with the slush piles. He has some interesting ideas. There were also links to other sites discussing this topic.
And while he was talking about a $3 reading fee for a paying market, tonight I ran across an anthology market that charges a $35 fee and offers no payment. Yesterday I found a market that charged between $25 and $45 depending on which category you were submitting to (poetry. short stories, and non-fiction) and also no payment. Back a few months ago I found an anthology where they dropped the $10 fee because they received no submissions. Better to have too much slush then nothing at all?
It's bad enough these markets don't want to pay writers for their work but now they believe we should feel good about supporting their markets by paying all their costs in exchange to being published. Vanity publishing in a new guise?