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Thursday, September 15, 2005

Touchdown Jesus

Looking at University presses. Trying to find a place that will let me submit without a reading fee (I’ve found a few). I don’t need a prize, but I would like my book to stay in print and have a wide distribution. While looking at these university presses, of course I look at the poetry submissions, but I also look at their general guidelines. Most poetry submissions must be accompanied by a reading fee. When looking at the general submissions though (academic books), I don’t see a mention of the reading fees. Are poets just supper eager and easy money? Are there too many crappy poetry submissions and the eyes of the readers need to be replaced? For a (supposedly) dieing art, poetry submissions still seem to fund these presses. We are the Football program of university publishing. Fill the stands. Buy a hot dog. Go team go.


Blogger C. Dale said...

Presses often receive 5 to 10 times more poetry submissions than they receive for any of their academic imprints. It is likely why they ask for money, simply to defray the costs fo processing such a large number of submissions. Many presses will also limit the time they take poetry, like one month per year.

1:31 PM

Anonymous sean mac said...

remember this?

Idea For A Movie

Sigourney Weaver acoustic biologist
Hatfields to your McCoys
Santa Clause gives them bananas
something about aliens
Touchdown Jesus saves them in the end

5:59 PM

Blogger JWG said...

I do Sean. Didn't until you posted it. Still think they work.

yes, I hear you. Far as the processing and reading go though, figure it is easier to read a bad book of 50 poems than to read a bad book of 300 pages on _______. And even if you get ten times as many poetry submissions, don't know how much more time consuming it is than one thick book.

I prefer when the publishers ask for a query, a little taster, send us ten poems and we will say if we want to see more, just as they do for their other books.

problem is, you can't charge 25 bucks for this

7:19 PM

Blogger Sean Mac said...

maybe their aim in raising the bar is to discourage all the wanna-bes, since the work is generally not rewarding and they can find no other way to - professionally - do it, and, hey, mabe we'll get some beer out of it.

such as: the fine for public drunkeness.

8:51 PM


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