Going postal.

Poet and editor Nigel Holt on magazines who accept only postal submissions:

By accepting postal only submissions, you do not reduce the quality of of submission, but you do filter out according to ability to pay.

I have sent over 400 poems out so far this year: had I taken the postal route, 200 sets at around twenty dollars a throw would have set me back $4000. Considering the rewards in the poetry business, I think I might be excused for decrying magazines that make me pay that for no good reason when there is a technological and free medium that allows me to submit.

This is why I insist that magazines that do not take email subs from international poets are both limiting the quality of what they publish and punishing people, like myself, who do not have the wherewithal to pump money willy-nilly into what is a doubtful success rate anyway, no matter what the quality.

If you can’t sift through email subs, save a few trees and see the advantages rather than looking at the negatives, then you’re in the wrong business. You should be boiled in your own ink (poached, perhaps)!

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4 Responses to “Going postal.”

  1. Struan Says:

    Hear hear!

  2. Crafty Green poet Says:


  3. Caroline C Says:

    I completely agree!

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