The Siren Call of Submittable: Part 2

Yesterday I wrote at length (for me) about ways Submittable has shifted the playing field for writers and literary magazines alike. Today: How Submittable fosters bad writer habits. For literary magazines, Submittable giveth (to the bottom line, as magazines keep 62% of reading-fee proceeds) and it taketh away (the ability to staff readers who can …

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What Submittable Has Done To Us

A most interesting article appears in the Nov./Dec. issue of Poets & Writers. It's called (and pay attention to the subtitle!) "Diving Into the Digital Slush Pile: How Online Submissions Are Changing Lit Mags (And Your Chances of Publication)." Let's take a time out before we dive in, shall we? Any writer submitting to lit mags …

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The Power of a Moment: What Snakes Can Teach Us

According to Christian Wiman, "the hunger that gives rise to art must be greater than what art can satisfy." That alone says it all for me: Art as the itch that can never entirely be scratched. But Wiman keeps going: "The hunger must be other than what art can satisfy. The poem is means, not …

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“The Art of Faith, The Faith of Art”

Voice. It's that magical je ne sais quoi that draws us like magnets. To people, yes. But to writing, too: people heard through the medium of paper and ink. From the earliest pages of Christian Wiman's new book He Held Radical Light, I found myself attracted to the voice. To me, it seemed the voice …

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One Poetry Editor’s Epiphany

Christian Wiman, former editor of Poetry magazine and a poet himself, has been there and back. Not just the highs and lows that come with the life of a poet who gets hosannas one second (via acceptances) and brickbats the next (via rejections), but the more soul-searching variety---the one that comes with cancer, bone marrow …

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Insights From a Man Booker Judge

October 16th. You know what that means. It's Man Booker Day, the day five judges will meet at a secret location in a not-so-secret city called London to pluck a winner from the shortlist (it should take eight hours or so). What's in it for the authors? Most excellent sales, for one thing. Not that …

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