One way to guarantee you won’t get publishedApr 13th, 2011 | By Bart Leib | Category: CG Blog
Crossed Genres Magazine is closed to submissions for the month of April. We’ve blogged about it, and there’s a blockquote message in BOLD CAPS just above the submission form, like this:
Despite this, yesterday we received a short story submission. It was sent through the form, which means the author either completely missed the obvious message or ignored it. At any rate, this morning we sent back a short reply:
As it states clearly above the submission form, Crossed Genres Magazine is closed to submissions during the month of April.
And about one hour later, the author sent back this reply:
As my actions state in with far more clarity, I don’t give a fuck.
We were under the impression that when someone sends us a story, they hope to get it published. Clearly in this instance that’s not the case, since this author is obviously trying to guarantee that we’ll never publish them.
We received the following email in response to this post (reprinted with no changes):
I looked at your page again to see how i missed such a clearly stated fact, that appears as you put it, “above the submission form”. Maybe the problem is that you don’t know the difference between ABOVE and BELOW.
You should have gotten snotty with whoever placed that notification BELOW the submission form, not me. In case you’re unaware, most website pages are read from the top down. Look at your submissions page, genius. First comes all the info you need, then there’s the submission form, and after you’ve pressed that button and you’re going through the trouble to submit something to a snotty fuck like yourself, the notice you claim sits above everything still waits on the bottom of the last page visited. It’s in the wrong place, dickface…
To be clearly stated, a statement must appear in the right place. A street-sign laying in the bushes might read perfectly well, bit it is not clearly marking any street, is it?
So eat a dick as punishment for that snotty letter. That’s your penance.