Have a question or wonder why we do things a certain way? Here, we've tried to address several questions that come up on a regular basis.
Your subscription is $7/month for a quarterly publication?? Isn't that kind of pricey?
Well, it depends on how you look at it. The $7/month subscription isn't the only subscription option — you can subscribe for just $2/month and get the digital version emailed directly to you as soon as it’s published. The premium subscription gets you both the digital version and the print version — and the printed issues are sometimes as much as $25 per issue. That means that you’re actually getting the printed versions at a 40% discount with a subscription.
Yeah, but that’s still pretty pricey — $25 for a single copy? Most other magazines are less than $10.
Most other magazines aren't the same quality as a print copy of Under the Gum Tree. Our magazine is printed in full color and on high-quality paper. Besides that, the biggest difference between Under the Gum Tree and other magazines is that we are completely 100% ad-free. Other magazines cost less for the consumer because the majority of their revenue comes from advertising, which we just don’t — and won’t — have.
Our magazine is also primarily digital, but we offer a print-on-demand option. That means we aren't ordering print runs of thousands of copies at a bulk discount — a print copy doesn't get printed unless someone orders it and pays for it.
So when you buy a hard copy of Under the Gum Tree, we like to think that it’s something you’ll keep on your coffee table — not throw into the recycle bin when the next issue comes out.
I submitted a piece to be considered for publication — how long before I hear whether it’s been accepted?
We’re a quarterly magazine, which means we’re reading submissions quarterly. It usually takes us between 4-6 weeks to respond to submissions.
Why do you charge a submission fee?
Charging submission fees is a bit of a controversy in the lit mag world. There was a great article about it in the Nov/Dec 2011 issue of Poets & Writers — publishers and editors sit on both sides of the issue with a lot of conflict in between. We choose to charge a submission fee for a couple of reasons.
We are run by an all-volunteer staff and currently the only compensation we offer contributors is a hard copy of the issue they’re featured in. We are working toward paying contributors, and we’d definitely like to pay our staff. And since we are committed to producing a high-quality, ad-free magazine, that means we have to get creative about revenue streams.
Why don’t you publish your editorial calendar?
Because we don’t really have one. We have a publication schedule; the deadlines for which are posted on our submissions page. But otherwise we don’t do themes for individual issues. If you have a well-told personal story, we would love to read it.