Tuesday, May 16, 2006

The Fiddlehead - Rejection

Dear Jude Goodwin

Thank you for submitting to the Fiddlehead. We regret that we've decided not to publish any of the poems from this submission. "Of Course the Surf is Mad" is really quite good, but at line 14 the line breaks seem to become too restrictive. Perhaps you could consider playing with the breaks a little more to help those lines compliment the music of what comes before.

All the best

James Langer


Blogger Bob Hoeppner said...

I recently received a rejection that also pointed out one of the four or five poems I submitted as one they liked. They offered no tweaks. How do you feel about that? I never solicit criticism of editors, and have never received any.

6:31 AM  
Blogger Jude Goodwin said...

I've read that comments from an editor is a good sign. In retrospect, I didn't send Fiddlehead my best work. I was doing a lot of submitting in January - and avoiding simultaneous submissions at the same time. I think, if they liked the poem they mentioned, which isn't one of my better poems, then there's a good chance I could find publication with their magazine. I would like that - it is one of Canada's oldest journals.

Presently, however, most of my poems are out and about - have to wait until they're all back in the fold before my next submitting frenzy.

Thanks for dropping by


2:29 PM  

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