Writers: please read! (And we’re still reading, too.)

Yesterday on the Albert Whitman website we announced a change to our submissions policy: as of November 1st, 2010, we will be responding only to submissions of interest, and will no longer send out response letters via SASE.

What does this mean?

  • We are still reading unsolicited and unagented submissions. However, the effort to return and respond to every one (with limited staff) has lengthened our response time considerably. In order to keep our submissions policy open and our wait times reasonable, we will now only respond to writers whose work we are interested in publishing and developing.
  • You no longer need to include a SASE. However, please include a mail address, phone, and email address with your submission so that we can contact you.
  • We will read every submission within four months of receipt. If you haven’t heard from us after four months, we’re passing on your submission. We’re fine with simultaneous submissions (we tend to assume you’re sending your work elsewhere at the same time).
  • If you sent something with an SASE recently, or between now and November 1st, we’ll still return it.
  • We know we’ll still be getting some SASEs for awhile, so we may still be returning things through the end of 2010.

If there are other questions, leave them in the comments, and we’ll try to respond here on the blog next week. Or take a look at our FAQ on the website.

Please spread the word, and we’ll update our info in CWIM and the other market guides very soon.  Thanks for your patience and understanding/

Writers: please read! (And we’re still reading, too.)