This is different from a "kill fee," which magazines usually pay writers when an assigned piece is not accepted.
The kill fee is less - sometimes as much as 90 percent less - than the full amount promised to a writer.
"Often," he said, "the kill fee is a way for us to be charitable for a piece that was just totally hopeless."
She did receive a kill fee, a payment that is guaranteed even if an article does not run.
"Remember I promised you a thou for a kill fee?"
And several people close to the magazine say she paid $500,000 a year in "kill fees" for articles that were never published.
We've decided we must drop the essay, but, of course, you get a kill fee.
What they will do is pay me a kill fee, then reassign the story to a staff writer.
And push to get a provision for a "kill fee" in case the article is rejected.
Mr. Halberstam said he was paid "a small kill fee" for his efforts, but declined to specify the amount.