I submit a lot of work to literary journals, and with all that submitting comes perspective.
I read, and read, and read–and then read some more–submission guidelines, blog posts, tweets, Facebook posts, all instructing writers on how to be courteous and effective before, during, and after the submission process. All of this advice is usually quite sound, of benefit to any writer thinking of submitting their work for publication.
Yet, throughout my experience submitting work to journals, I’ve also noticed some rather dubious submission practices on the editorial side of things, some of them little, some of them rather blatant. So I made a list of the eight I notice most, and submitted them to the inimitable The Review Review, which has published my list here:
I hope this piece resonates with you, the writer, or you, the editor. It’s meant to be candid, not snarky–helpful and informative, not negative and depressing. I hope writers and editors alike will engage with this list, adding or subtracting or detracting as they see fit.
Special thanks to Becky Tuch, editor at The Review Review, for working with me on this piece.