Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Question about submissions

So I had a thought this morning about something we may want to clarify about submissions. I'm not sure if the blog is the best place to post this, maybe the wiki would be better because it's less public. However, I can't post to the wiki as I'm unsure how to join it. I've made an account, messed around with it a little, but beyond that I'm lost. Any help would be appreciated.

Anyway, I was talking to a photojournalist friend of mine, and I thought of this situation:

Say someone submits a work with photos in it. I don't mean something like a youtube video, not really multimedia. Just some sort of prose, whether it's fiction, non-fiction, criticism, whatever. The photos are a significant portion of the work; without it, the work wouldn't be the same. The prose is by one person and the photos are by someone else, who also wants to submit photos under their own name (but not the same photos used in the prose piece) separately. Is this allowed or is it considered "cheating" (for lack of a better word)?

Personally, I'll make a pitch for allowing it. It seems fair to me because the work is considered two separate genres, even though one contains the other, and also because the work would be under someone else's name. Even if it were the same person submitting both, since they're still two separate genres, I think it would be fair enough. I can see where some people might disagree, though, so I thought maybe it's best to discuss it and try to clarify where we stand on it before the issue comes up.

What do you all think?


  1. Chelsea-
    This is a great question. I would be in favor of accepting it too. I feel like that is a separate issue to the one we wanted to avoid - which would be one author sending us 10 of her stories. Instead we'd want them to choose their best one, the one that was most "DIN"y and submit it. What do others think?

    Also, I sent out a new wiki invite to several of you so I am hopeful you can join now. If not, let me know.

    1. Now that we have sent out the call, I hope that submitters will have a good idea of what the magazine is looking for thematically. Hopefully, this will narrow down what works that they choose to submit, but I also foresee receiving works that will not be even close to our theme because the authors are hoping to be an exception.

  2. I'm glad that Chelsea brought up this idea because I was also thinking about this same issue. I think that it would be okay for the members of the collaboration to also submit items from different modes or genres depending on their contribution to the collaboration. For example, the prose writer could also submit a poem seperatly as long as they are sending one of their works that fits the magazine's theme.