1. You published my poem but it has a typo/error/glaring hideous mistake! What do I do?
Easy: send me an email and I’ll fix it.
2. You published my poem and tagged it as free verse, but it’s actually a formal poem.
Send me an email and I’ll re-tag the poem correctly.
3. This is supposed to be a daily, but there is no poem today? What happened?
It’s the weekend, I’m on vacation, or no good poems crossed my email desk. I won’t post a poem unless I receive something worth sharing.
4. Why no cover letter? Why no bio?
Who you are doesn’t matter. If you write a great poem, I will publish it.
5. No formal acceptance? Are you kidding me? That’s so rude.
It may be rude, but it will greatly simplify my life and make running a daily poetry journal possible. If I had to reply to every submission I received, I’d probably lock myself in a closet and cry until I passed out.
6. You published someone’s art and this is a poetry daily! What gives?
Every once in a while I’m going to veer to the side and publish artwork. I do not accept art submissions. However, if I happen across something beautiful, I may contact you for permission to publish your work.
7. There are typos/errors/glaring grammar mistakes on your website!
Please send me an email and I’ll fix it.
8. How much does it cost to run this thing?
Around $30 USD a year for the website domain and various other things.
9. The ads that pop up under the poems are terrible. Why are they there?
Because I didn’t feel like paying to get rid of them. If enough readers dislike the ads, I will happily cough up the $30 a year to remove them.
10. Why aren’t you paying poets for their poems?
If only money grew on trees and readers actually paid for poems, oh what a wonderful world that would be!
11. You are an evil, terrible, sarcastic person! What makes you think you can be an editor?
As my kid would say: “Because, reasons.” Seriously, if you want to be an editor, you too can create an online journal and solicit submissions. My motto: if I’m going to complain that I can do something better, I’d better go out and do that something.
Editor: Christine Klocek-Lim
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