I am hoping to begin my own literary journal. What suggestions would you have for creating my own submission guidelines?
Submission Guidelines- the way you want it presented to you (word.doc, double spaced, typed etc..)
Terms and Conditions- the condition on which you will publish the writer’s work
It is easier to judge submissions when they are uniform as you are generally looking at the quality of the writing as opposed to the quality of the layout. If you are accepting poetry it may be a good idea to accept PDF files rather than Word documents which will mean no fiddly formats to deal with. It also depends on how you read your submissions whether online or in print. For this reason most publishers ask for double spaced submissions which can be either emailed to a certain address- so you can keep them organised- or submitted to Google Drive forms which have a handy spreadsheet to keep track of entries.
You may want to consider the minimum and maximum word length based on your own editorial decision for the end result.
Terms and Conditions
Things to consider
-Who will own the copyright of the writing? Can it be reproduced? Is the writer allowing you to publish their work?
-Will the writer’s work be available online or as an audio production? What about digital rights?
-Will they allow sections of their work to be used to advertise your journal?
-Can the writer submit their entry to another publisher once you have published it?
-How will their work be made available?
-Do you have a theme for the submissions?
-Will the outcome for the writer be publication or will they be paid?
-When will be the submission deadline?
-Do you accept paper manuscripts?
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