I’m down to eight items in the ‘submitted’ queue. This particular one irks me rather a lot. Back in November, I found a nice anthology. No, I’m not naming it, since I am venting about a particular principle. Here’s what was in the submission guidelines:
The deadline for anthology submissions is XXXXXX, and we will get back to you by YYYYYYY, at the latest, if we are interested in your story. All other submissions, we will get back to you within a month if your work is accepted. If you don’t hear from us within a month after you submit, consider it a pass.
You know, I put a lot of work into creating a story. In this age of electronic submissions, the LEAST I expect from a market is a fair evaluation of the work, and a REPLY. This whole business of “if you don’t hear from us, we don’t want it” is pure BS.
Tell me you don’t want it so I can rework it and submit it elsewhere. Don’t put me in danger of violating simultaneous submission guidelines just because you don’t want to write a form rejection email. “Oh, we have too many emails to respond to them all” – I throw the BS flag at that. You’re almost certainly forwarding my emailled submission around, all it takes is a cut and paste rejection to release me.
If you don’t have the stones to do that, how about just release a list of the winning authors, so I know I am definitely out? Why do I have to dangle an extra six weeks on the vine until you put out the book? I can understand ABNA not sending out 4000 emails to the folks who don’t get past the first cut, but even they release the list of those who make it. Man up. Do the right thing. Eeesh.