Barefoot Muse editor Anna Evans blogs about the difficulties attendant on rejecting and accepting submissions from poets one knows.

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Nic Sebastian

Nic is the author of Forever Will End On Thursday and Dark And Like A Web. She founded the now-archived Whale Sound site and is co-founder of The Poetry Storehouse. Nic blogs at Very Like A Whale and Voice Alpha.

3 thoughts on “Po-rruption?”

  1. I don’t get it. Why would anybody WANT to be published in a journal that has such a lack of editorial integrity that it would publish someone on the basis of knowing that person and not on the quality of the poem?

    Such journals, ones that practice nepotism, are likely to have uneven standards; so, even if one’s poem were published on its merits, it would, very likely, be presented amongst poems that ranged from the crappy to the mediocre.

    And often the only payment a poet gets, especially at the lower rungs of the poetry market, is the knowledge that he/she has been published amongst good poets,


  2. Good to see you back, Nic.
    Interesting thoughts – I also wouldn’t want to think that someone published me because I’m a nice guy. Indeed usually the only payoff is “my poem deserved it.”

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