In my last column for the Haiku Society of America, “The maddening process of submitting poems,” I focused on how the submission process has changed over time. One consideration before editors in modern times is social media. While many artists see social media (Facebook and Twitter) as part of their creative process, as part of their conversation while considering their poems, some editors see any digital appearance of a poem as a previous publication. This creates a problem for poets.
Here’s where Carlos Colón (AKA: Haiku Elvis) comes into the picture. He requested a follow-up to that column. He said he would like to know from editors who made the “decision to accept submissions that previously appeared on Facebook and Twitter. Has this decision affected the quality of their magazine? Have they received negative or positive feedback, and in what amounts?”
Carlos went on to say that he applauds the decision made by magazines, like Frogpond, and he hopes that other magazines will follow.
That is exactly what I intend to do for the next column, so I’d love to hear from editors who are considering an adoption of this policy, as well as others who have.
Let me know!
And thank you again, Carlos!