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:

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

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    1. I have – but not much and not often.

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  2. 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.

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    1. 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.

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

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

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  4. 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!

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

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  5. 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.

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    1. 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?

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  6. 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!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. 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.

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  7. 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!

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

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

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  8. 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!

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

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Thanks so much for commenting!