Our Policy on Pay and Treatment of Writers

Sonder Magazine is now funded by Arts Council Ireland for the year of 2023 and fully commits to upholding the Arts Council’s Paying the Artist policy. This is our first time receiving funding which means big things when it comes to paying artists!

  • In 2023, we will pay artists €300 for written/visual contributions to the magazine. This will be a flat fee. Previously, any profit earned from sales was split amongst the contributors, averaging at €20-25 per contributor per issue.
  • For featured artists, we will commission €500 to write a piece and sit an interview with us.

In 2023, Sonder Magazine’s two editors will be paid €2,160 each. Previously, this work was voluntary and the editors did not receive any payment.

The designer and typesetter will be paid €2,110 in total. The proofreader will be paid €400 in total.

We are upfront about the fees from the first email or phone call re. an offer of work.  

We respect every artist’s right to negotiate upwards on any fee offered.                  

We ensure that the initial communication reflects the full scope of what an artist is expected and required to deliver, including details of any video or audio recordings that will be made of the event.

We ensure writers fees are ringfenced within our budget so that fees are protected if overruns occur in other areas of our operations.       

Fees are paid by bank transfer upon publication of work.     

We believe in the importance of transparency on matters of pay and working conditions, and that sharing this information publicly is to the benefit of all writers and artists.        

Much of the language in the above is borrowed from the Arts Council’s Paying the Artist policy document whose principles we align ourselves with.

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