I may not be logged in here at the moment, I'll find out after this posts, but this is Travis Grundy, Publisher, TZPP.
To clarify some of the questions that have popped up in the last few months:
TZPP employs a fully experienced Marketing & Sales team that already has solidified relationships in the film and television industries, and we actively push those rights. I do understand your concern in a newer firm's ability to make good on those sales, generally speaking if we are unable to make those licenses in a reasonable amount of time, we gladly release those rights back to the author. But we like to think that having someone at least try to activley sell your rights is better then attempting to get on with an agent who may not actively push your secondary rights until the book has made some predetermined sales threshold.
Regarding the quetsion that arose about the Spring Compeition, we were not meaning to have that little bit lost on the print at the bottom of the page. To be clear outside of the Top 5, payment is purely related to length of submission. I'm currently attempting to alleviate some other concerns that have come up in our discussions with authors regarding this but simply put it is this:
<5k to 10K = $25
10k to 15k = $50
15K to 20k+ = $100
and this is listed clearly in the modified publishing agreements that we send out to those who either placed or made it to the semi-finals portion, but who may not have made it to the Top 5. If we intend on including a short story in an upcoing anthology I'll usually make it known by sending them a copy of the contract and asking for acknowledgement of the full terms which are identical in most provisions to our Standard unmodified Publishing Agreement.
Again, I can be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with any specific questions that you may have.
Thank you for the continued interest and posting here in AbsoluteWrite.