I'm no number-cruncher, but I'm curious to know what folks find important when deciding which publishers and/or contests to submit poetry books to. Please choose your top three of the below, and let me know why. If you have other criteria, do share.
What qualities do you look for in a book contest and/or publisher?
A) Age of press or contest (something older and established, or newer and possibly edgier).
B) Visibility and integrity of press (marketing, materials created for authors, readings, reviews, word of mouth reputation).
C) Contest judge (would you submit to a contest if you didn't think the judge would like your work?).
D) Series editor or press aesthetic (either clearly stated or perceived by you).
E) Reading fee, or lack thereof.
F) Physical presentation of books (well-designed, terribly-designed, or in between).
G) Distribution of books by press (is there a distributor, or is fulfillment all in-house) and ease of ordering.
H) University affiliation of press (either for or against it).
I) Past authors who have published in the series.
J) General feeling of "having a shot" (editor seems willing to give emerging writers a chance, rather than giving preference to manuscripts by established writers).
K) Convenience of submission process and reading period.
Okay, that's all I can think of right now, but you may have more. I'm going to go answer my own survey.
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