Sunday, November 11, 2007
VQR: Lots o' Subs
You make it easier to submit, you're going to get a lot of submissions. The Virginia Quarterly Review knew that, of course, but they went ahead and put together a fine online submission system and kudos to them for it. They're coping. I hear they've added readers to deal with the onslaught. Personally, I think it's working well. Granted, my submission was sent close to the left side of the graph at left (which, by the way, comes from here, the VQR Blog, another admirable trend among literary magazines), so it may have avoided being buried in the avalanche of submissions that followed it. But still. I sent it in. I waited a comparatively short time, I got a considered response that gave me something to think about. And I moved on. The downside for me is that I don't have the pleasure of submitting to VQR again until March (the system limits a writer to once every 6 months), but I have to admit that's not unfair. There are plenty of other magazines out there for me to pester with my cover letters and short fiction. Plus, it gives me time to work on a killer story they won't be able to resist.