A word about our reading fee: We do not charge for
publication of any materials published by SFUMATO Books. We are not a subsidiary
or vanity publisher. We are a small press dedicated to the concept that the
voice of freedom needs to come with a free voice. Advertising revenues, rather
than subscriptions, are the source of a medium's profits, if the medium
is successful. Small presses usually have a magazine associated with them,
magazine subscription fees help cover the cost of maintaining a reader base,
while other sources of funding are required to operate and publish the magazine.
The subscription fees that magazines charge do not pay for the operation
and production of magazines, rather the subscription fee represents a publisher's
cost of soliciting and keeping up a subscription base - the larger the
circulation, the higher the rates.
SFUMATO is a nonprofit publisher with the hope of encouraging creative,
critical and interesting literary work. We do not take advertising and do
not charge our authors. But we do charge a reading fee, which helps fund
our annual Chapbook contests, for which all new and emerging writers
are eligible. Many publishers that offer prizes have tenfold more writers
submitting work than cojnsumers purchasing their books. Our desire is to
connect readers and writers, and we strongly encourage anyone interested
in submitting work to purchase a chapbook or book prior to submitting. If
you wish to submit, we hope you will feel that the reading fee, which is
lower than most reading fees, is more than justified by the quality of the
work we offer. We are strongly committed to publishing debut and emerging
writers and otherwise silenced voices.