I've come across what will likely be one of the premier second tier web directories earlier this week. It's currently parked, but I did get a preview of what eWebPages Web Directory will look like once it launches publicly later this month.
Its unique design will stand out amongst all of the general directories using free templates. I have a suspicion of who the directory owners are, and it'll likely be one of the more popular web directories. They're known to promote their projects well.
I caught a glimpse of the submission prices, and they're reasonable one time fees; $29.95 for a Featured Listing, $9.95 for a Standard Listing. It might be a good idea to take advantage of the initial pricing before its popularity increases and the prices increase. It's rumored that free listings will be offered initially.
The guidelines are typical of most web directories; adult entertainment and sites offering products, services or information that might be illegal will not be included. I'd say that eWebPages.org Web Directory is one to add to the directory watch list. Happy submitting.