Dueling Columns – An Editor’s Thoughts on Simultaneous Submissions

Preface: Richard and I are writing dueling columns on this subject.  He’s written up the writers’ view on simultaneous subs here.  I’ll link to it again at the end of this column.  Share your thoughts–editor side, writer side, what-the-hell-is-a-simultaneous-sub side (Richard answers that question), whatever.  We want to know what YOU think!

First, a disclaimer.  We allow simultaneous submissions at The Externalist.  Still, I sometimes think that we shouldn’t and as an editor, I completely understand why some markets don’t. 

Simultaneous submissions, lacking an online submission management system (several hundred dollars) or paid staff (several thousand), are an administrative headache. 

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You Are Here: Activism from the Edge of the World

My essay on disability, mental health, literature, literary activism, and experimentation is now posted.   This essay explores a variety of ideas and includes previously unpublished excerpts from some of my prose work, as well as hitherto unpublished poetry.  This is the piece I submitted and presented at PRESS: a cross-cultural literary conference on the theme “activism and the avant-garde.”  It’s available for reading here.

Thoughtful reading,

Short Story in Wheelhouse Magazine/PRESS Anthology

My short story, “Not Broken,” explores disability, advocacy, and prospects for independence in rural Idaho.  It has been published in the Wheelhouse Magazine anthology of PRESS contributor. 

PRESS was a literary conference under the theme “activism and the avant garde” at which I was a presenter in 2008.  Wheelhouse Magazine is an online journal of avant garde and activist art (literary and visual).  I’m proud to be associated with this group of folks who are both artistic and socially conscious. 

Thoughtful reading!