Like most publications, we receive some submissions where it's apparent that the author didn’t follow the submission guidelines. Sometimes a piece has nothing to do with the theme at hand. Sometimes it’s formatting issues, such as not starting separate pieces on a new page. Sometimes, it’s leaving your name/email out of the submitted document.
The guidelines at Subprimal are pretty simple. And they aren’t there to make an author cringe. It’s mostly about readability and in some cases (like putting your name / email in the document) about making sure we have an alternate means of knowing who sent what in case of a system problem.
When submissions come in that don’t follow the guidelines, it’s easy to imagine that the person didn’t read them, that they just hit the go button without taking the time to see what they were doing. We try to be fair and understanding that people make mistakes, but in some cases it seems less an error and more a case of deliberate disregard.
Please read the guidelines before you submit. And follow them. Most of you already know this, but it bears repeating: when you don’t follow the guidelines, it comes across as if you don’t care enough and/or are not careful enough. Maybe it’s not true, but we don’t know that and this perception can set up a bias against your work in the minds of editors before they’ve had a chance to read your work.