The Hilaiously Od World of Publisher Guidelines


Whether you’re old at heart like me, and go into the reference section of the library every year to check the latest edition of “The Writer’s Market,” or whether you’re a normal person and find sources online, an important part of the writing process is figuring out appropriate places to submit your work.  Which means you have to look at a magazine’s or publisher’s submission guidelines.  I’d say at least 90% of the time the guidelines are detailed enough and fine; everybody wins.  You don’t end up submitting your Satanic erotica to “Highlights For Children,” or your vegan recipes to “Soldier of Fortune".  
Occasionally though, over the many years I’ve been checking guidelines, I’ve found a few that stood out - because they were, I thought, too limiting, weird, not helpful, or simply funny.  Therefore, I’d like to list some of these, and then (gently) mock them.

Read the entire article in the April issue of InD'Tale magazine.

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