WTF? I know it’s been a half-decade since I submitted unsolicited work to lit journals, but this makes me feel like Buck Rogers waking up in the 25thC — lamentably without the cool leather jacket and midget speech-challenged robot to greet me. (Diggadiggadigga, Hey Buck! God, could I use a midget robot butler.)
Proponents of online submissions say the process saves money on postage and paper and cuts down on response times, since it curtails much of the administrative work involved in logging, assigning, and distributing manuscripts once they are received by a magazine. It also reduces the chances of submissions being lost. Online submission systems usually notify writers once their work is received. After setting up accounts, writers can also log on to the journal’s Web site, determine whether their work is still under consideration, or review what they have previously submitted.
Last August, the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) unveiled Submission Manager, an online software system that makes submitting manuscripts a cheaper, less protracted process for writers, while offering greater efficiency to literary journal staffs. Designed by One Story webmaster Devin Emke, the software allows writers to submit electronic manuscripts and enter their own contact information directly into a journal’s database—in effect, logging their own submissions. A number of magazines, such as A Public Space, Fence, jubilat, and Ploughshares, are using the software. Others, like Glimmer Train Stories, use customized online systems.
Ow. My Time Travel bone hurts. Is Atwood behind this? (Is it just me or does anyone else out there suspect that those of us who make it to 2075 are going to find a 25-year-old Margaret Atwood there, stepping out of her time machine and laughing at us geezers.)