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

A: We highly recommend our submitters to view our last issue to see what kind of content we have published in the past and for our magazine's aesthetic. Although, we have eye catching colors we publish content that we believe are honest portrayal of our world.

A: we launched a new submission form, and it's really helped streamline the process for us and for the authors too. we appreciate a friendly cover letter, when all the fields are filled out correctly, and absolutely love when social media links are included in the bio (so we can follow and promote our author's work upon publication)

A: --For some reason, each year we get a few submissions that give us only the author's street address but omit the city/state/province/country. Please give us your full mailing address.
--We require a working email address with each submission. On occasion, an author has given us an email address with a typo or one that they do not check regularly. Please be sure to give us a working email address so that we can get in touch with you regarding contest questions.

A: For the press, we don't accept submissions outside of our submission calls. For the magazine, we often get pitches that aren't about speculative genres. We only publish science fiction, fantasy, or horror genres (or works that would fit into the umbrella of "speculative" works.)

A: Don’t tell me in which room your poem belongs. I’m the architect and the interior decorator. I figure that part out. :)

A: It's surprises me how many people write third person bios in first person. And then amount of people who turn in PDFs. And occasionally there are folks who send us interviews or profiles of other women. That isn't what we are looking for. Our guidelines state specifically that we're looking for stories that are true and about you.

Julia Nusbaum, Editor-in-Chief/Founder of HerStry, 04 September 2021

A: Mainly the formatting of the email submission process. We don't typically fault submitters for this, though.

A: Thinking that other crime fiction is the same as Holmes - our fan base wants Holmes and Watson.

A: Usually, our accepted genres. Many contributors assume we accept only poetry. This assumption is as a result of our name 'Poemify' which is a fusion of two words- poetry and amplify. We receive more poems than we do other genres.

A: You have to include contact info in the manuscript itself! We accept submissions via direct upload, so all we get besides the document is an IP address. If the manuscript doesn't have your info, we can't respond.

A: Too often we get written pieces about recipes or have recipes included. We don't publish those.

A: They give up if they don't win!!!! NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS