Slush pile

Haven’t dealt with a submission slush pile in many, many years. Nothing new here. Common sense.

  • If you nominate your own blog, publish some posts first. Just a thought.
  • Be specific. Telling an editor to “browse your site” is not the way to keep their attention.
  • Share a link. No one will visit your site and then search for the title of a post.
  • Don’t regurgitate your bio. Don’t summarize what you write about. Point to one piece you want me to read, and tell me in a sentence why I should read it right now.
  • Don’t insult the person you’re trying to get to read your work.
  • Don’t complain about how other writers aren’t as good as you.
  • Don’t tell me you deserve something.
  • Read what you write. Typos aren’t attractive.
  • Be succinct. I don’t need to hear your life story.
  • Be timely. Don’t suggest a post about something that happened last week.
  • Be relevant. But know that your work can be relevant but still passable.
  • Do your homework. Read the publication to which you’re submitting.
  • Don’t call me sir.
  • Or madam.

6 thoughts on “Slush pile”

      1. Is it ok to make multiple submissions

        Yes, but I’d submit something only occasionally, when I *know* I have something appropriate. (This is general advice, not just for this publication.)

        they need to all be on separate forms?

        Yes. If you put too much info or too many links/examples into a pitch, it’s easy to overlook and move on. In this case, I’m looking for a specific piece from a writer — a single story/post into their world. When someone dumps too much information into a pitch (their life story, their background, why they deserve something, blah blah), I move on. I just want to read something really good right away.

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