Friday, 20 April 2018

TSS Publishing

TSS Publishing are currently open to submissions. They're looking for short stories of between 2,000 and 4,000 words. They prefer literary fiction, but are open to other genres. Succesful authors can choose between a £20 payment, or a chapbook subscription.

They also run competitions. Unlike most of those I mention, these aren't free to enter. However they do have quite good cash prizes, so you may feel it's worth the gamble.

Do you ever enter competitions with an entry fee, or submit work to places which have a reading fee?

17 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I admit I've never paid to enter a competition.

Julia Thorley said...

I will pay to enter, but only if it's a decent fee-to-prize ratio. I never pay more than £6, unless it's for a charity.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Patsy ... I haven't got into doing these - but certainly might think about it ... but thanks for always posting them up - cheers Hilary

Lindsay said...

Yes, I have entered paid competitions and won a couple. Several of the paid entries have been towards a charity so I don't feel too hard done by when I don't win a prize! I don't enter the really huge comps with high entry fees because I'm never likely to win those!

Denise said...

I do Pay to enter competitions. This is my interest. My husband has to pay to enter a run, I pay to attend a choir. So I feel it is acceptable. Like the lady above £6 is my limit.

Susan A Eames said...

Yes, I pay to enter certain competitions. I don't have an arbitrary limit - I take different things into consideration: kudos for a short-listing, good fee/prize ratio - that sort of thing. I'm definitely out of pocket!

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Patsy said...

I have – but not much and not often.

Patsy said...

Where the entry fee goes makes a difference, I think. If it's for a cause we support, or we know it's needed to fund the competition, then a not to large fee is fine.

Patsy said...

There are enough free ones that we'd have to write an awful lot just to enter a quarter of them, Hilary.

Patsy said...

A big fee when we know there will be a lot of entries isn't enticing, is it?

Patsy said...

If you look at it like that, it makes perfect sense, Denise.

People pay to do many other hobbies and interests, so why not for writing?

Patsy said...

I hadn't thought of that before, Susan, but now I do I feel that reaching the shortlist of a 'big' competition might well be worth the entry fee. As well as the kudos, I'm sure it would be a big confidence and motivational boost.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Nowadays, the only kind of comp I ever enter with an entry fee is the occasional one that supports a charity or such like and only if it's no more than £5. I don't enter anything with a reading fee.

When I first started writing seriously, I use to enter lots of comps that had an entry fee - some paid off but mostly I was horrified at the amount I'd spent by the end of a year!

Annalisa Crawford said...

I wish I had something suitable to submit to TSS for this. I don't have time to write something of the quality they require - I'd need at least 3 months of editing and doodling!

Patsy said...

It would be easy to spend quite a lot of money on entry fees, Rosemary – but there are worse ways to use our cash.

Patsy said...

It would be easy to spend quite a lot of money on entry fees, Rosemary – but there are worse ways to use our cash.

Patsy said...

Perhaps you'll have something ready for their next submissions window?