A Note on Submissions

Lately, we’ve been getting a lot of submissions that are a little bit irksome. When a writer is submitting a piece (or pieces) to a publication for world-wide reach and recognition, you’d think they would be putting their best foot forward each time. Sadly, the last handful I’ve received have been riddled with typos, missing punctuation, and poorly-formatted inquiries to boot. As not only an editor for this review but a writer myself, it pains me to such trivial things looked over, so I wanted to offer this little post as a reminder (and more so, an incentive) to look your pieces over again before submitting. You only get one chance to make a good first impression, and the worst thing that can happen is having a good story go unnoticed due to a few preventable mistakes.

Write your piece. Read it. Edit. Re-read it. Read it out loud. Fix it again. Give it to someone else and have them repeat. Reviews like this one have editors on hand to do a once-over and clean things up if need be, but it shouldn’t be something relied on by submitters. It’s also important to note that none of us are above this; even I’ve been guilty of it in the past. What matters is that we acknowledge it and do better to represent ourselves to our fullest abilities.

That said, keep sending in your work and we’ll keep reading. We’re looking forward to getting more of the best work we can out there for everyone to read.

-The FDLR Team

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