A fantastic, to-the-point post on Contest Central about two presses (Ausable & Tupelo) and their non-reading fees & reading fees.
I have to agree that Tupelo's $35 reading fee is too much. It feels as if they want the press to profit from writers/poets and not through book sales. Tupelo has published some of my very favorite poets-- Aimee Nez, Ilya Kaminsky, Pat Fargnoli--and they produce beautiful books, but this reading fee rubs me the wrong way. Presses need to value writers, not find value by pressing the writer.