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

A: For the most part those who submit to Please See Me are professional and pay attention to the guidelines. The submissions we no longer have time to respond to are those which do not address the current issue's theme or our mission, or writers who do not submit according to standard publishing guidelines.

A: In all of the genres, we see work that struggles with a lack of tension, a lack of that final emotional payoff for the reader. As writers ourselves, the editors all believe that we write for ourselves, but we revise for the reader. Too often it feels like the work hasn't yet been pushed to that final revision where the stakes for the reader are refined and delivered.

A: Our online submission manager has a drop-down menu for choosing genre (poetry, prose, reviews, etc.). A lot of people miss it and submit to the wrong genre.

A: You must have a moment of sudden, earth-shattering change.

A: geography, as we do try to keep Panel magazine somehow related to the region.
deadlines.
word limits.

A: Well, my submissions process is quite simple. Submitters must read and attempt to follow the guidelines. Always I respond to queries (unless snail-mailed and w/o an SASE). Always I provide suggestions.

A: Sending at or after the end of the month. It’s an iterative process - we don’t leave it to the last minute. Much as we like engaging with poetics, we have all on to read and respond to each poem once, so can’t accept re-writes either, unless expressly requested. Use the feedback to try elsewhere.

A: We do not publish full-length books! And we are a very small team that has just started out. We make no money and all have more than full time jobs. We constantly dream of the day we'll be able to only write, make art, and run Press Pause. If we are a little slow to reply or accept or decline, it's about us and our productive capacity, and not you.

SE Harsha, Founder & Managing Editor of Press Pause, 23 March 2021

A: Currently we are in our 2nd call for submissions, and it's a themed issue. Everything in this issue will be greyscale or black and white. Please don't submit full color works, they won't be accepted and I'll have to ask you to submit greyscale works.

A: The most often error is not deleting identifying information: name of author and/or genre label.

A: A lot of people don’t read the guidelines and I’m not always able to email them asking them to resubmit.

A: Submitting via the website or to the wrong email address – not following guidelines!