Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Best Submission Guidelines of the Month: Forget Magazine

I often look around for markets for my own short fiction (my novel, obviously, is going to Five Rivers whenever I can get enough time between editing projects to finish the damn thing) and submission guidelines vary from businesslike to um, well, to the ones for Forget Magazine. Funny enough, and flexible enough to almost tempt me to submit something, but I did notice the one thing missing was the mention of any payment, so I am guessing it is a nonpaying market. It's fairly poetry oriented, so that is not entirely surprising: poets have figured out a long time ago that there is no money in writing, so the lack of payment in no way suggests a lack of quality—Forget seems to be attracting top rank poets (I recognize the names of some Governor General award winners, and so on) and it has been around for about a decade, so, you know, a market one has to take seriously. There are short stories and essays too, though, and some of this stuff seems pretty good. I was a bit put off by the explicit rejection in the guidelines of anything featuring spacecats, given that I am at this very moment editing a novel about space cats (Leslie Gadallah's classic Canadian Space Opera, Cat's Pawn, the first in the Empire of the Kaz trilogy, to be reprinted by Five Rivers next December) but it is a market I will definitely look at in the future, their random prejudices notwithstanding. And, no, I don't know why their logo (reprinted above) is upsidedown—just how they roll, I guess.

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