Editorial prerogative and idiosyncrasy is not unncommon among lit mags, but accepting money for contest submissions puts a whole different complexion on this sort of behavior. I have been fortunate enough to win or place in literary competitions on a regular basis; therefore, I'm pretty sure I'm following the correct protocol for sending in my entries. I include my e-mail address, and I don't have a problem with the occasional competition that e-mails to say that there will be a delay in announcing the results, for whatever reason. But I think it's unconscionable to accept money and then not bother to a) follow one's own schedule, or b) reply to legitimate inquiries. No, wait; it's outrageous, not unconscionable. Unconscionable is best applied to the policies of the Bush régime.
And now, one more rant: can those mags that accept e-submissions please acknowledge their receipt? It's obnoxious to wait for 8 months or a year, and then discover the sub was never received. And regarding lack of timely response: if the Paris Review can deal with e-inquiries, you lesser life-forms should be able to do so without having a hissy-cow. Et na.