First, I would sincerely like to thank the many poets and friends who have expressed their kindness and shared their calm understanding with me on the death of my Mother. To lose a loved one at Christmas is hard, but my 96 year old Mom ended my connection with an entire generation of my family. Other than my direct family, my poet friends are some of my dearest connections. Thank you!
I did get behind on my reading in December and now in January, but I am catching up and should be back to what passes for ‘normal’ by the weekend. I appreciate your patience.
Regarding the submission process I have added a note to the Submission Guides page on this site. The two most frequent issues that will affect you as a poet are these:
- Sending your submission to any email address but: EDITOR@FAILEDHAIKU.COM! Many of you have my personal email address, BUT submissions addressed to any other email than that above WILL NOT go into my ‘reading folder’, and hence will not be reviewed. I am not being stubborn and rule bound (god knows I never get accused of that by anyone who knows me), but I get hundreds of emails a day at my personal account, and even if I ‘see’ your submission as it flies into my Inbox, when I begin reading from my folder it won’t be there, and I get hundreds of submissions each month so finding it is unlikely.
- Put you name, as you wish it to appear, in the ‘body’ of the email. If you publish under a nom de plume that is fine, but in parenthesis include your given name. If your name is not in the body of the email it makes my work a lot harder. If I ever make a mistake, contact me and I will make it right, but if I can simply cut and paste from your email than we avoid mistakes, at least by me.
As a poet myself I always review the Submission Guidelines EVERY time I submit to any print or online journal. I would urge you to do the same. Over time, you get friendly with editors, and that is one of the pleasures of this role that I play, but the volume of submissions means any good editor has to have a system so they can keep their own head above water. Help me keep from drowning, and know that it bothers me as much as it bothers you when I miss reading your work.