…to alert poets when submissions open.
I tweeted this the other day. I was looking at a journal and noticed when their submission opened. Also, that they would only take 800 submissions. Just reading, I felt that rush of Oh my God I have to remember when to submit and do it before 800 other writers do. If only there was an app to help me remember.
Many poets responded with variations of “Please make this happen.”
But one said, “Magazines would be destroyed.” That could happen. If more poets could submit, magazines might be even more overwhelmed by submissions than they already are. So maybe these openings and closings are part of the gatekeeping, part of the balance of keeping editors from being totally overwhelmed.
So what’s the balance? Make subs easier? Keep the hurdles high? My answer tonight: keep writing.