Friday, April 25, 2008

no safe way to judge or select

This is just a small bitch like an itch that needs scratching patching saying...

People get really pissed off if you don't pick their work and they think that you should have.
If names were not attached to submissions, they would perhaps not feel so despondent.
I know that when I selected work for foam:e issue # 5 I was very careful to focus on the poetry not the names of the poets who sent work in. I knew that I rejected the work of some very fine poets, but I didn't reject the poets. There is a difference and anyone in a position of judging or selecting knows this difference.

I've felt the odd cold shoulder from here...yes you can feel seething over the webwaves -but poetry is an open field full of fresh and foul air. I don't get personal about rejection, had too many rejects of my own work to worry about it. I just get busy and write better (more or less).

6 Comments:

Anonymous Paul said...

Maybe you could have a blind editorial policy, like Cordite, where the person who selects the poems doesn't know who wrote them?

17/3/09 12:52  
Blogger Louise said...

hi paul,

i think it would be difficult for foam:e to do this at present, but do think it has merit. i judge for a queensland poetry comp run from a local university/writing print journal, held each year and i judge the work 'blind' for that.
i like that sort of freedom - but journals like foam:e, that receive no funding usually have the editor/s only reading all mail in the inbox and that makes 'blind' assessments a little difficult.
maybe foam:e will get some funding and then we can pay for an admin and also pay the contributors...just having some wishful.

18/3/09 01:03  
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