The importance of reading submissions guidelines
Written by
Juliet Wilson
February 2013
Written by
Juliet Wilson
February 2013

I edit a small on-line poetry journal, Bolts of Silk. Recently I've become annoyed by the number of people who repeatedly send me more poems almost immediately after I've rejected a submission. I always make it clear in my rejection letter that they should wait six months before re-sending and it's made clear in the submission guidelines too (

So why do people ignore this instruction? Are so many people incapable of reading instructions? Are they just sending out poems willy nilly, without taking note of what editors say in return? Surely they can see that this is counter-productive? If I've rejected one set of poems from a poet then bombarding me with more over and over is only going to make me less likely to ever accept any of their work!

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