BLOG: Formatting a Submission

Today I made the difficult decision NOT to submit a batch of poems to a publication that required me to reformat my poems to double-spacing. For me, modifying my poems with double-spacing significantly changes their impact. The primary argument for double-spacing seems to be an editorial one – double-spacing makes the writing, in particular prose writing, easier to consume. It is easier, for example, to distinguish between a period and a comma when reading double-spaced lines. I don’t believe it is the artist’s job to accommodate the editor’s job. It is not the artist’s responsibility to facilitate the job of editing for the editor. Especially when our submissions include a reading fee.

At the Raw Art Review we do not require you to reformat your submissions. In fact, we want to see them exactly as you devised them.

3 thoughts on “BLOG: Formatting a Submission

  1. Perhaps to my detriment (although not with RAR and UCP) I refuse to fix my line spaces into effectively a different poem by changing to single space, which many ask for. Most of my poems are at 1.15 line space and many others at 1.5 to create the right space on the page. I’m fully with you Hank — why would we get someone to review a poem that isn’t the one we wrote?

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  2. Bravo, Hank!

    Alan

    On Wed, Feb 3, 2021 at 5:11 AM The Raw Art Review: A Journal of Storm and Urge wrote:

    > Henry Stanton posted: ” Today I made the difficult decision NOT to submit > a batch of poems to a publication that required me to reformat my poems to > double-spacing. For me, modifying my poems with double-spacing > significantly changes their impact. The primary argument for dou” >

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