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Try to See It My Way MAG

December 14, 2011
By WordsRUs GOLD, Jefferson City, Missouri
WordsRUs GOLD, Jefferson City, Missouri
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I'd like to begin by saying that I've submitted three articles to Teen Ink this week and none have been approved yet. Before anyone throws up their arms in incredulous disbelief and frustration, you should know that I am not writing to simply whine about how long the submission process takes. A Letter to the Editor titled “How Long Submissions Take to be Approved” has garnered quite a lot of attention from the community. The writer argues, well, not much more than what the title implies. The anonymous writer simply states that Teen Ink should put submissions up on the website more quickly. Ironically, our anonymous friend has wasted the valuable time of the editors by forcing them to endure four lines of a poorly constructed argument.

I'm not writing to rage about how that article is completely wrong and should be confined to the depths of hell. The writer has a valid point; submissions do take quite a long time to be approved on occasion. What he/she fails to take into account is that the editors are only trying to make sure they select the very best work to appear in the print magazine. It takes a month for a poetry submission to be approved because the editors receive hundreds [editor's note: actually, thousands] of submissions in that category every month of the year. Do we want Billy Bob's misspelled poetry nightmare to appear in a national magazine we cherish? Of course not. So give the editors a break; they're doing their jobs the best they can.

I won't pretend that I don't let out a sigh of exasperation when I see that my submission still hasn't been approved, but I understand why. Unlike our anonymous muse, I look at any situation from both sides. I know and can empathize with those who wait weeks for their prized poem to appear, but I can also empathize with the poor editor who has to sift through a cyber slush pile to find those diamonds in the rough. My point is this: any article criticizing anything at all should be well informed on both sides of the issue. The anonymous author's fault isn't his passion or desire to make his/her voice heard; it's the fact that he/she ­didn't try to understand the other side. A much better ­argument against the length of time submissions take to be approved could have easily been made with just a few concessions.

I'm a man with an opinion, nothing more or less. No opinion is wrong or stupid or not worth having. However, there is something to be said for having an opinion that considers the other side. I suspect the editor who first read “How Long Submissions Take to be Approved” felt a little sad that the writer didn't appreciate the effort they were putting in to make Teen Ink an upstanding publication. But you know what? That editor posted that measly four-line submission on for all to see anyway. That, my friends, is what Teen Ink is all about: giving every teen a chance to voice their heart.

The author's comments:
I just felt that it was about time somebody pointed out that we writers aren't the only ones out there.

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leafy said...
on Mar. 23 2012 at 12:33 am
leafy, City, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Gil: I would like you to read my novel and get your opinion. 
Ernest Hemingway: I hate it. 
Gil: You haven't even read it yet. 
Ernest Hemingway: If it's bad, I'll hate it. If it's good, then I'll be envious and hate it even more. You don't want the opinion of another writer. 

*tips hat to Wordy* This is exactly what I've been trying to say! Nice job on putting it together so eloquently and getting it published ^_^

WordsRUs GOLD said...
on Mar. 21 2012 at 6:26 pm
WordsRUs GOLD, Jefferson City, Missouri
10 articles 0 photos 18 comments
I was pretty surprised it was published. Even more so when I saw that editor's note. Lol

on Mar. 21 2012 at 5:21 pm
Imaginedangerous PLATINUM, Riverton, Utah
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Haha. I suspect they were a little more eager to publish this piece- I noticed the editors inserted their own amendment. :) You're right, people need to think before they whine.