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Deborah Guzzi travels for inspiration: China, Nepal [during the civil war], Japan, Egypt [two weeks before ‘The Arab Spring’], and most recently Peru. First published at the age of sixteen, she writes articles for Massage and Aroma Therapy Magazines. Her poetry has been accepted in the Literary Journals of Western CT. University, Inclement Magazine, Pyrokinections, Jellyfish Whispers, Grey Wolf’s Summer Legends Anthology, The Germ, Wilderness Literary Review, The Anthology Sweet Dreams & Night Terrors, Bitterzoet Magazine, haiku journal, Contemporary Haibun Online, Bella on line, The Autumn Sound, Eskimo Pie, and Ribbons, The Inwood Indiana Review, Five Poetry, Tanka Society of America Journal, and 50 haiku. She has published two illustrated volumes of poetry, The Healing Heart and Heaven and Hell in a Nutshell.


 

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Editing Info.
Blog Posted:3/11/2013 6:59:00 AM

 

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?


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  1. Date: 3/12/2013 1:29:00 PM
    Deb - Like Vicky, I use a lot of slang and purposely mis-spelled words, mostly in humorous and rhyming stuff...'Red-neck slang' (basically the way I talk) Microsoft word has automatic spell and grammer check and it can be rather irritating..I just submitted three poems to 'Poetry Magazine' and three more to 'Parcel Magazine'...very simple procedure!... Probably don't stand a chance with the first but maybe (?) the second - Tim

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  1. Date: 3/12/2013 1:11:00 PM
    I remember having to learn these in school, but do not recall most of them. Appreciate the info.

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  1. Date: 3/12/2013 9:51:00 AM
    Lots and lots of folks here are writing rhyme [I have no idea if the magazines will even look at grand old rhyme forms like sonnets or ballads] from what I see NO ONE is publishing rhyme. [Or poems about horses, or cats, or fairies, or angels, no velvet Elvis' either! Cutsie tootsie is not IN]

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 3/12/2013 12:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    : D
  1. Date: 3/12/2013 2:11:00 AM
    Brilliant bit of info here , thanks Debbie xx

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  1. Date: 3/11/2013 11:26:00 PM
    WHAT??? Debbie, this IS disturbing. Personally, I intentionally mess with punctuation and capitalization to reflect the voice in my head. DON’T TELL me that’s considered a disadvantage. I mean, who else is allowed to manipulate language if not poets(and lawyers of course)? AAaaaargh!!! I guess I shouldn’t expect to win any contests, huh?...ooh well…

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    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 3/12/2013 9:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Vicki..I guess the unwritten rule is you have to have NAME for yourself to do as you please, ex: no one here is e e cummings: It's a sad state of affairs I agree BUT then again almost no one is paying me for anything YET! and I guess it does depend on the audience too, so Strange Horizons should be a good place to try out your water wings
  1. Date: 3/11/2013 3:09:00 PM
    Yes Rueben there certainly IS a time for play! I don't intend to stop writing here [I think I'm HOOKED..wish I could say LOL] but actually most of what I concider my best work gets little read, few comments and mostly I think folks are going HUH? BUT I am going to try to take Chris's advise and write here for fun & to HELP. I enjoy helping.

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 3/11/2013 4:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Im guilty! Im not visiting my talented friends (and you're one of them). Dont you ever think of leaving us!
  1. Date: 3/11/2013 3:09:00 PM
    Thanks Yassie and Catie I will post for everyone in my blogs things which we learn which others might like to know!

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  1. Date: 3/11/2013 2:06:00 PM
    I have saved this on to my computer for future reference. Thanks, Deb. :) love and hugs, Catie :)

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  1. Date: 3/11/2013 11:04:00 AM
    I didnt know about the space before the ellipses!! : ) I think we can be both: playful and serious. Im 100% pro-critique.

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  1. Date: 3/11/2013 9:00:00 AM
    A critique which is done with the intent to strengthen work, is offered by someone with either an experienced eye or an instictive understanding of the art AND gives constructive suggestions/redirection and/or resources to aid in editing IS GOOD. ALL else MAY be harmful, unconstructive and crush a newer writer. But you are onto something, keep going! PS ... there is a "hierarchy " to rejections which I hope to discuss on a blog in the next few days. ANY EDITOR WHO SAYS TO YOU, CLOSE, NOT QUITE, TRY AGAIN IS TELLING YOU THAT YOU ARE WORTH HER/HIS ATTENTION AND IS TRYING TO HELP! Ego must be left at the door! xoxx Great blog

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  1. Date: 3/11/2013 7:38:00 AM
    I didn't know [nor do I really care] about any of it EXCEPT I don't like my content get tossed because of something so STUPID!

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 3/13/2013 6:44:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You, too BOTH know that AIN'T (ha ha) me. It's always been about, it will ALWAYS be about the content- the language, insight and imagery - which is why I've been mocked for my placements. "Oh, she placed a rondeau that high, and yet it missed one line? But I had all my ducks in a row!"
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 3/11/2013 11:09:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It's always the same story. Here, we have Contest sponsors who dont place a poem with mispelling ... (ellipses, space before and after), no matter how good is the poem. What can I say?
  1. Date: 3/11/2013 7:30:00 AM
    This is really helpful, Debbie! Thanks for posting. I didn't know you needed to use a space before and after Ellipses.

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