I applied “10th Review Me” via CaFE website this spring. It took a long long time to go through the entire process step by step. Once selected, the publication fee is $300.00. I also find someone on Fiverr to help me polish all text answers. It is another $75.
During the draft review step I noticed a minor editing error. They responded quickly which I like. But it is a surprise when I see the final release version that my painting is on the cover page! So at this point I purchase a print version which costs me another $45. I know, it seems a lot dollars overall. However, it is also an important milestone since I started painting in 2017. Those past years are in history, I can move on to next stage and focus on abstract and fantasy art. 😀
Well, I am still not sure if this kind of exposure would help me. I consider it as a promotion investment. Nowadays, you can find many different art magazines on social media that call for artist to apply. Usually they all have a publication fee. But art competition or exhibition also has application fee. After all, if the cost is in one’s budget, why not try?