By chance, I learned today that we’ve had exactly 100 non-anonymous submissions since we re-instituted the anonymity requirement on 1 January 2017. Overall, in that time, we’ve had 1,197 submissions. So, a fair number of people don’t read the guidelines. I’d say don’t read them carefully, but the anonymity requirement is in bold red text.


What happens when we get non-anonymized submissions is that we reject the submission, with a somewhat harshly worded note, asking that the story not be submitted (anonymously!) for another week. About 40% do resubmit their stories.

Happily, relatively few people make the same mistake twice, though one submitter did do it again, with the same story. Same result.


  1. I thought that I had followed the rules – I remember taking a long time to prepare the submission. I’ll resubmit but now am afraid that somehow I’ll do it wrong again.

    Margaret Karmazin
    1. Sometimes people attach the wrong version of the story. You can always check on Submittable to see what version came through, and whether it had a name or address on it.


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