Today, I saw in my inbox I had received a response to a poetry submission I sent off maybe 3 or so months ago. This is what they said:
Thank you for your interest in and submission to [Journal Name]. We are currently reading submissions and will make our final selections by the end of September. Please feel free to contact us if you have not received a reply to your submission by October 1st.
I guess it’s nice and all to receive this, if I was wondering what was taking so long. . . but now it’s given me false hope. I think I’d rather they just have said, “Dear JC, um. . . no,” as opposed to this in-between fandango.
Editors, kindly note: Either a yes, or no, please. Or, if you must “thank” me for the submission, send it as an auto-reply just as soon as I sent the poems to you. Don’t prolong the agony, and wait till 3 months have already passed to tell me you received the submission and wil be making a decision soon. I’ve pretty much already decided it’s a lost cause.
Talk about procrastination!