The Myths of Nonprofit Literary Publishing By C. Hope Clark

Nonprofit presses want your help – your writing and your money, too. Nowhere in the rules of a nonprofit does it say the entities cannot afford to pay a writer. As a matter of fact, a nonprofit that cannot afford to pay its bills is poorly run. Nonprofits are expected to operate with their financial records in the black, just like a regular business. For-profit magazines are expected to pay their writers. Why not the nonprofit publications as well?

A nonprofit immediately conjures ideas of volunteers and empty coffers, and most people feel sorry for them, often opening up their wallets in return to aid a struggling cause. In actuality, a nonprofit is simply an organization that is not allowed to make a profit, and when it does, it