I had a story accepted for publication by The Willows Magazine.
I felt confident this was a good step, knowing some authors who had been previously published by them in their print zine.
My story was accepted as a "feature story" meaning I got paid for it. (US$25.00)
I signed and returned a contract agreeing to this in December.
The issue was due out in January (and is out now).
In late January I emailed them to query the publication date, and my lack of payment.
ONLY THEN did they email me back to say my story had been relegated to "non feature status" due to it's length not being sufficient to merit a featured position. Which meant of course, I don't get paid (though I still get published).
So they breached contract with me. I'm not going to pursue it for the sake of $25.00 but I certainly learned something about the reliability of small press magazine publishers.