It is a conundrum to me that writers who want to submit their work to a market can't read and follow the submission guidelines. I'm in process of evaluating submissions to Toasted Cheese the online Literary Journal out of the 42 submissions, nine did not follow the simple guidelines. Is this too hard to follow?
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You will face the wrath of the cheese if you:
- send your submission as an attachment
- submit more than once during a submission period
- submit something that is longer than 5,000 words
- send your submission to an address other than submit[at]toasted-cheese.com
- neglect to put "SUBMISSION" in the subject line
We will not read submissions that violate these rules. Period. You will receive a note explaining that your submission was disqualified and why.
The thing that bothers me is that those writers spent a lot of time and energy creating their work, yet they weren't thorough enough to ensure that what they submitted would be considered. It saddens me. I've submitted my share of stories and know the wait (in our case three months) before hearing about acceptance or rejection is sooo long. Then to read that one's story wasn't considered because of not following guidelines must be painful. The worst part is I have to send out those letters.