…and he’s going to start with himself.
Han Han, national racecar champion, high school dropout, bestseller and the other symbol of the 80’s generation writers, actually agrees with his “archrival” Guo Jingming for once. Like Guo Jingming, he’s going to start his own literary magazine. In it, he plans to pay writers more money per character than ever. The top half of the submissions will receive 2000 yuan per 1000 characters, and the second half will receive 1000 yuan per 1000 characters(can someone explain to me how this is different from one yuan per one character?). According to him, this is ten to twenty times the industry average, and twice the amount that the best writers receive from top magazines.
He also suggests a “worst submissions column,” where he’ll pick the two or three worst submissions per column and pay them 250yuan per 1000 characters. To prevent plagiarism, he’ll also pay 500yuan per 1000characters to whoever first finds the plagiarism. And no, you can’t plagiarize under one name and then report yourself under another.
source: Han Han’s blog
I always thought it was interesting that the most popular magazines in China were literary magazines, one of the least popular ones in the United States. Those literary magazine range from Novel Monthly, which publishes short novels only, to others like Du Zhe, which contain short stories and non-fiction prose called sanwen. Unlike in the West, where most famous writers are known for either poetry or novels, many Chinese writers are known for their sanwen, and Han Han’s one of them. Guo Jingming’s more known for his novels, but says he prefers writing sanwen as well. Guo Jingming’s magazine also showcases photo stories and photography and drawings in general. Han Han’s will only accept photography.