My impression is that, for magazines, yes it is. Usually all other rights revert to the author immediately after publication. Some require exclusivity for a period of time after first publication, usually 3 or 6 months, with all rights reverting thereafter. Of course, first publication rights can't revert, coz they have already gone.Is 'first publication rights' the norm? This area is all new to me.
I would really like to hear what @AgentPete has to say regarding this.I have noticed there are different attitudes to this between different cultures? British seem to be less inclined to pay than Americans.
I would really like to hear what @AgentPete has to say regarding this.
Before the benefit of expert opinion, and as a duly-appointed representative of America, I would not pay anyone for the opportunity at a 99% chance of rejection. That's why I've very seldom gambled. Or gone to the bar looking for love. I would be overjoyed to pay you after you've accepted my manuscript, and to be honest I don't particularly care how much. I would operate at a loss to be published. But I don't like the idea of throwing money at odds that slim.
Oh — I see:
One of the magazines I submit to all the time requires an entry fee for its competitions. The reason is so that the editors can pay the winner $1500.
I can appreciate such a concept, fair enough, if the fee accumulates into the prize then it's worth it but i have seen some that take a fee but give no cash prize.
It's like charging an entry fee to a nightclub, pure profit for the company lol
See... I would have a hard time even doing what's described here. How many submissions did that one competition have, that had been talked about in the Colony a while back? Like Four thousand, or something like that? That's a 0.025% chance of winning.Agreed.
See... I would have a hard time even doing what's described here. How many submissions did that one competition have, that had been talked about in the Colony a while back? Like Four thousand, or something like that? That's a 0.025% chance of winning.
Is it only $3? Never mind! That's a scratch-off lottery ticket — I have done that, a handful of times! Won $50, once. Neither here nor there.Hey, I can go $3. Right now, that is... maybe not next week...
I had a grisly, 3K word short I figured they might enjoy, so I submitted it.
"You can't succeed unless you try." I know. It's true!
But, with so many options and long odds, is it worthwhile to pay at that stage of the process, is what I'm wondering.
If a competition is worth the price of a coffee I don't think I would bother cost it up. The fun of entering is always worth it.