About Reading The Guidelines

by Subprimal Editors ● Created: Feb 24, 2014

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.

7 comments refresh

By Gray Wolkert on Oct 13, 2014 09:50 (UTC)

I suppose this is problem at time maybe could dismiss any that not follow guidelines. I see this too sometimes and try understand but people have hurry much of time. How to solve? Not easy without harsh responder. Poet is responsible for work and carry words to all world parts.

By Karen Bartiromo on Sep 18, 2016 04:45 (UTC)

I added my phone number along with my full name and email address. I hope that's not considered not following the rules and terms and conditions.

By Victor D. Sandiego on Sep 18, 2016 05:56 (UTC)

That's fine Karen, no problem. We just need some basic sanity checks in the submission process to help readability and make sure we don't lose track of who belongs to what. We're not crazy strict about things; in fact, we have another blog post that talks about the flexibility within the guidelines. This particular post was created after receiving a number shotgun submissions.

By Perry McDaid on Jan 25, 2017 09:12 (UTC)

Perfectly reasonable. As an editor myself I know there is nothing more irksome than the apparent inability to follow simple and undemanding conditions of submission. And yet, I know that there have been times I have been so eager to submit a number of works to various venues that I have either missed or mixed the terms up with those required by other magazines. It doesn't excuse me, nor does it warrant special treatment, but it provided insight while editor.

I applaud the Subprimal editors for their tolerance. It's not an easy job, even when a calling.

By Victor D. Sandiego on Jan 28, 2017 13:17 (UTC)

Thank you Perry. Most of the time, everything is fine. But there are times when I wonder if somebody even skimmed the guidelines, like when we received submission in excess of 100 pages. Wish I was making that up...

By Phyllis Wax on Feb 08, 2017 18:27 (UTC)

I did not see a theme listed for the next issue. Is there one?

By Victor D. Sandiego on Feb 08, 2017 21:22 (UTC)

Hi Phyllis - No, there isn't a theme for this issue. This is the third issue in a row for which it's been open to any theme. We might get back to having a theme at some point, but for now we're still with "open to your interpretation".