the art of formatting your submission
& resources, reading recs, tidbits, a call to action, etc.
Happy Wednesday, folks!
Here’s what I have for you today:
Formatting your submission
Call to action
I have a new (old) poem out!
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On formatting your poems:
Lately, this newsletter has focused quite a bit on how to maximize your chances for publication.
First, we talked about the art of the cover letter:
& then, we talked about the art of the short bio:
Today, we’re talking about what editors see next: the actual document.
Here are my tips:
Your strongest poem should be the first one in the packet.
Your poems should be single- (or 1.15-) spaced, unless the poem is formatted in monostiches.
Don’t list your name or contact information on the document itself unless the journal specifically asks you to (as many prefer anonymous submissions).
Use a readable font such as
Times New Roman
Use the page-break feature rather than pressing enter-enter-enter-enter until you reach the first line of the next page. (This will almost certainly show up differently on editors’ computers, leaving them frustrated that your poems appear to start within the middle of the page.) Here’s a guide on how to do page-breaks.
One final (important!) note, courtesy of Robert Lee Brewer:
Don’t add a copyright/trademark symbol to each page of your submission.
In many editors’ minds, copyright notices signal the work of amateurs who are distrustful and paranoid about having work stolen.
Listen. Editors aren’t going to steal your work. And if they do I will punch them for ya.
Call to action:
See if there’s any way you might “clean-up” your submission documents. Can you make any changes to maximize your chances of journal acceptance?
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