Monday, March 22, 2010

Question on "Multiple Submissions"

A note from Yelizaveta P. Renfro: "Thank you for your recent post on 'Bruce Guernsey and Multiple Submissions.' I am wondering, however, about the term 'multiple submissions.' In my understanding, the term 'simultaneous submission' means that a piece has been submitted to more than one magazine or journal at the same time -- which is what is being described in the post. The term 'multiple submission,' I believe, means submitting more than one work to the same magazine or journal at the same time, though it seems to me that this term is often misused. There are a number of markets that do make a distinction between the two, including Third Coast and Rattle. Other journals, however, seem to confuse the terms or use them interchangeably."

Thanks for your question/comment Yelizaveta. I'll open this one up for comments/conversation.


Molly Gaudry said...

I always understand "simultaneous submissions" as sending the same piece to more than one journal and "multiple submissions" as sending more than one piece to the same journal. I'd say that, on the whole, the latter is far less favorably looked upon than the former.

Eileen Wiedbrauk said...

As managing editor for Third Coast, I must say that what we mean is exactly what Molly Gaudry said in her comment above.

We are happy to look at a piece that you have submitted to our magazine and simultaneously submitted to other markets -- we're writers too, we understand that publishing is a slow business and that you need to sub to many markets if you're to find the right home for your piece.

We do not, however, want to look at multiple pieces from you all at once. Please, please don't send your entire collection along at once ... our database will probably reject it before we even look at it. Send us your best and wait for a reply before sending us the next piece.

John said...

Yes, it's unfortunate so many people use the terms interchangeable. The definitions above are correct.