Neil Clarke

The Award-Winning Editor of Clarkesworld Magazine, Forever Magazine, The Best Science Fiction of the Year, and More

Month: May 2009

Clarkesworld Magazine: Why we don’t accept paper submissions.

Why We Don’t Accept Paper Submissions

Electronic submissions are very convenient for writers and editors. Paper submissions are a nuisance.  Here are the reasons we do not accept them:

  • On average, we’d waste 400 pages of paper per month and hours of our time printing letters, stuffing envelopes and going to the post office.
  • I hate going to the post office.
  • I think making you pay to submit a story to us is unfair.
  • I think making you waste paper is wrong and inefficient.
  • The risk that your submission or our reply is lost is greatly reduced by managing the entire process through an online submissions system.
  • Our staff is scattered around the country. A centralized online system for submissions allows us all to share and manage documents efficiently. We can manage slush wherever and whenever we want.
  • We receive submissions from all around the world. It should be no more difficult or costly for them to submit a story and get a quick response than it is for someone in my home town.
  • I have found it much easier to organize online submissions. My experience as an editor is enhanced by powerful search and reporting tools.
  • We receive an average of 400 submissions per month. I don’t have room for all that paper.
  • My children would use your stories as scrap paper.
  • Paper cuts are too painful. (Thanks pabba)

Clarkesworld Magazine – May 2009 Now Available

The May Issue of Clarkesworld Magazine is now available online. If you enjoy it, please consider a donation, book purchase, or just spread the word.

FICTION
From the Lost Diary of TreeFrog7 by Nnedi Okorafor
From the Lost Diary of TreeFrog7 (AUDIO VERSION) by Nnedi Okorafor, read by Kate Baker
The Devonshire Arms by Alex Dally MacFarlane

NONFICTION
What if it All Goes Wrong? A Conversation with Robert V. S. Redick by Jeremy L. C. Jones
Models and Clay and Plaster, Oh My! Creating the Cover Art for Tides From The New Worlds by Brian Dow

COVER ART
Take Flight by Adam Chowles

 

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