I don’t know if I can come up with any new insights to the process of submitting now that I am up to #22. It’s all becoming kind of the same as I go along now. Go to the website and check their about and guidelines. Read any online samples of work that they have available. Decide which of my poems will work for the publication. Today’s submission doing this process is The Hollins Critic.
They don’t have an “About” page, but this is on the front page of the site:
The Hollins Critic, published five times a year, presents the first serious surveys of the whole bodies of contemporary writers’ work, with complete checklists. In past issues, you’ll find essays on such writers as John Engels (by David Huddle), James McCourt (by David Rollow), Jane Hirshfield (by Jeanne Larsen), Edwidge Danticat (by Denise Shaw), Vern Rutsala (by Lewis Turco), Sarah Arvio (by Lisa Williams), and Milton Kessler (by Liz Rosenberg).
The Hollins Critic also offers brief reviews of books you want to know about and poetry by poets both new and established. And every issue has a cover portrait by Susan Avishai M.A. ’02.
Also on the front page are these Writer’s Guidelines:
Note: The Hollins Critic reads poetry from September 15 to December 1 each year.
The Critic does not accept unsolicited essays. We rarely accept unsolicited book reviews.
The Critic does not publish fiction.
They have their own submission form system as opposed to using Submittable (I wish all journals used Submittable, but I don’t know if it costs them to do so.) This is from their online submission form instructions:
The Hollins Critic reads poetry from September 15 through December 1. Poems should be no more than a page in length and may not be from current Hollins students. Only poetry submissions will be read. The Hollins Critic does not publish fiction. Fill in all of your contact information. If you are submitting work for someone else, fill in your contact info and fill in the name of the person you are submitting for in the “writer name” field.
Fill in the title(s) of the work(s) you are submitting. If you are submitting multiple works, separate titles with commas. Please combine all poems into a single document and do not submit more than five poems at a time. Please do not submit more than once during a reading period. Please submit all files only as .doc or .docx documents.
If you wish you can fill in the comments field with any additional information you’d like to send, then click submit.
You will then have the option to review your information and confirm that it is correct. Hit continue and you’re done.
Notice that none of the information listed here mentions anything about a payment. The original Google doc Journals That Pay FOR POEMS says they pay $25/poem. I am not going to hold my breath since THEY don’t say that they pay poets.
This journal is another shot in the dark for me since they don’t seem to have any online samples of work that they have previously accepted. I really hate that part. I am on a mission with a time limit plus I have a very small budget so I am not able to order a bunch of journals. SO… that means I will be going through my poems and sending WHATEVER comes up in my archives… I really don’t like doing it this way, but I am determined to make my goal of 100 submissions in 100 days. I chose some of my shorter and more surreal poetry for this entry. Hopefully, that will work. Wish me luck!
Have you ever submitted to a journal without having read it first? How did that go for you? I would love to hear your story in the comments. :-)