Friday, September 9, 2011

Submissions: The Beauty of Snail Mail Submissions

Don't get me wrong: I love online submissions. But this morning, after submitting a few manuscripts online in a manner of minutes, I came across a literary journal that is not set up for online submissions. First I hesitated: Why bother?

But, methodical as I am, I wanted to complete my submissions list, and so I hit the print button, modified the cover letter, found a manila envelope, addressed a SASE, figured out the right postage, and while I was doing all that, I realized that there is a certain sense of satisfaction in doing this the old fashioned snail mail way. More effort goes into it, and thus there is a greater sense of accomplishment, especially when I will drop this brown envelope into the mailbox on my way to work and hear that satisfying plop of the mailbox lid. There ain't anything else like it to give you a sense of completion.


  1. I think we've been doing things so long in the new technology way, we forget, sometimes the old way is really better. This transends in all areas of life. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. I do this a lot, even when a journal does accept sim subs. When I used to read submissions for the Iowa Review, I loved opening the envelopes. Who am I to deprive some other person of the same glee?

  3. There is definitely something very satisfying about mailing a submission in- or even mailing a regular letter- and I would say something equally satisfying at receiving a letter in the mail which says, "We are pleased to inform you..." :)

  4. Nancy - you're right: The satisfaction is plain greater when the effort that went into something is more tangible.

    Emily - I love hearing that those manila envelopes spread some joy at the receiving end as well!

    Anjuli - sadly, I have never received an acceptance via mail, only email. Not that that isn't satisfying!