I remember years ago, when I first started running contests, folks were really upset with me for asking for punctuation in their poems. I even have a nickname here [a fond one now] Head Mistress. I thought you might be interested in hearing how PICKIE editors who judge your work REALLY are.
This was put up by one of the magazines..good info!
1. Dashes: All dashes should be "em dashes," like this — with space before and after the dash.
2. Ellipses: Use space before and after, like this ... but, generally, no ellipses are needed at the beginning and end of a direct quote (unless required to avoid misrepresentation).
3. Line indents: Consistency within each piece is always preferred.
4. Paragraph indents: Entire blocks of text may be indented for a purpose (e.g., to display a letter within a piece of fiction or a long quotation within a review). Consistency of indent size is preferred for all pieces.
5. Single or double quotation marks: The American style is for double as the first order, and then single within double. The British style is the reverse. Canadian style accommodates either preference (but tends toward the American style). For TAR, either is acceptable but within a piece "consistency" is desired (not 'mixed' quotation order).
6. Italics is preferred for book titles even if the author uses quotation marks.
7. Curly rather than straight quotation marks and apostrophes are preferred in all cases.
8. Spelling choices: Consistency with American or British within a piece, but flexibility among pieces is desired. If mixed within a piece, choose the most predominant usage (e.g., Webster, Oxford, or Canadian Oxford). If there is no obvious spelling style in a piece, use Canadian Oxford as the dictionary of reference. Canadian spelling is the preference of the TAR editorial staff.
Words don't bleed, CUT them. The circular file is the trash can. It could take a 100 rejections to get one acceptance are you ready for that? NO CRITIQUE is a bad critique, anything else is a good critique.
So is anyone got any ideas, suggestions? thoughts or are we only playing?