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Q: What do submitters most often get wrong about your submissions process?

A: Forgetting to include a coverage with a third person bio, contact info, and the titles of their work

A: We do not accept fiction, interviews or research pieces. Please see the submissions guidelines on the website.

A: Often they will send me submissions that aren't really horror or they are too short. I know that we are open to novellas, however, if a story is too short, it makes it harder to market and I am likely to pass on those submissions unless they are really great.

A: Firstly, the most common mistake our submitters make is to skip the guidelines and submit their works to us. They expect us to sort, read, and select any one of the poems among 20-30 pages of their work. This is not how we operate. So please try to avoid it.
Secondly, we do not publish and will never publish previously published works.
Lastly, we strongly ask our submitters to go through one or two rounds of their own editing process before making the submissions.

A: People sometimes email me to ask how the submission process works, which is fine. Just email your poems directly to me! I keep the guidelines short on the website so that it isn't heavy with text other than the poetry itself. There is no submission portal.

Emily Tristan Jones, Editor of Columba, 13 November 2021

A: I don’t think there’s a wrong way of going about it. Although I do get a lot of serious poetry which people send ‘on the off-chance’.

A: Ignoring the guidelines and not including what we ask for in their submission. Formatting, for example, is extremely important in our reading process because of the tools we use to read and edit. If a submission comes through as just a huge block of text, it won't be read and will be rejected out of hand. The other big thing is submitting works in styles or subject matter that we will not consider. "Cozy" mysteries and police procedurals are styles we see a lot of that are called out in the guidelines as something we don't want. Extreme violence for the sake of violence and hate-speech are another thing we've called out as not wanting that we unfortunately see too often.

A: We get a lot of submissions, particularly fiction, that are well over the word count limit. We're happy to be a little flexible on word count, but out of respect for our editors, and their time, if it's significantly over we won't even open it. We only have one editor for each genre and they will actually read everything that follows the guidelines.

A: Too often, we get submissions that, although stylistically fine and even interesting to read, are either a moralistic tirade or a simple feel-good story. Read our about page and submission guidelines and think if what you are submitting really meets the criteria.

A: Send something we don't publish, e.g. short stories etc

A: Submit work online only through Submittable.

A: There's not really a "wrong," since everyone gets feedback—but if you're submitting ONLY for the feedback, there are other ways to engage us. Affordable, negotiable rates.