Below you can read a modified version of the groups FAQ. If you are interested in joining the group as a writer, please add me as a friend on Facebook and send me a message me asking to join. Or if you know a friend who's involved, she/he/zhe can invite you as well. Anyone who feels they are marginalized in some way may join.
If you are an editor seeking more diverse submissions, email me to schedule a bombing.
Who are the Submission Bombers?
We’re writers who want to be heard.
What does it mean to “bomb”?
To bomb, as it applies to the Submission Bombers, means taking large-scale action.
In other arenas, bombings are stealthy, such as yarn bombing or seed bombing. The point is to surprise. We might do stealth submission bombings in the future, but for now we’re aiming to be bomb-like in size (numbers).
What about the already over-extended editors? Won’t this just make them angry? Some of us are editors! Don’t bomb us, please dear god, don’t bomb us!
Submission Bombers only seek to bomb publications that have agreed to participate. The editors will be happily awaiting our poetry napalm and flash fiction grenades. Think of it as an explosive collaboration.
Which publications are you bombing?
We’ve acquired a line-up of targets that will last us through the fall, though there is room for more. We strive to target publications with at least some online content so writers can read past issues before submitting.
How long will we have to participate in the bombing?
About two weeks. This is subject to change.
I only write in one genre. Can I still participate?
Yes. We do our best to target places that accept as many genres as possible. Sometimes, if we target a fiction-only market, we may simultaneously target a poetry-only.
Do I have to submit work with every bombing? What if my work doesn't fit with that market?
No, you don't ever have to participate. You can just join for the discussions. If you don't like the market, or you don't think you have anything the editors would like, don't submit. Though, don't discount your work too quickly. Sometimes you might have something that the editors didn't know they wanted!
We highly recommend bombing as frequently as is comfortable for you. Our goal is to gain a critical mass so that if only some of us bomb, it's still makes an impact.
What effect will the bombings have?
We don’t know. We haven’t been bombing that long. We'll keep you posted.
What is the purpose of Submission Bombers?
To take positive action on a large scale.
ACTION = writing awesome stuff! sending awesome stuff to editors hungry for your awesomeness!
LARGE SCALE = big ass Facebook group of people! (that’s us!)
Side benefits include:
- writerly camaraderie
- sharing and discovering friendly, diverse markets
- smart discussions about big questions like “What is diversity?”
- getting motivated to submit
- commiserating our rejections
- celebrating our acceptances
No, not all. Most will get rejected.
Let’s say the average acceptance rate for a mid-tier publication is 5%. If 300 of us submit, in theory, 15 people from our group should get an acceptance.
But if you never submit, there’s a 100% chance you’ll never get acceptances.
When we take any action, we can’t control the reaction. What can we control? Our actions. The more bombings, the greater the chance of increasing the acceptance rate as a group.
Is this some kind of revenge on a publication who has rejected you?
Can I invite my friends to join?
Sure! We hope you will. Anyone who feels his/her/zher voice has been marginalized
What do you mean by marginalized?
Excellent question, tough to answer. Members should feel free to discuss this, and related topics, in the group feed. New nembers, check older group discussions or raise your own questions. In the mean time, here are some definitions we found on the interwebs:
- Treat (a person, group, or concept) as insignificant or peripheral
- Completely or mostly left out of the predominant economic and cultural power structure in a society
- Excluded, ignored, or relegated to the outer edge of a group/society/community
We don’t know what effect our bombs will have yet. There is always more to be done. Submission Bombers is just one part of the equation. If you have another idea, consider putting it into action.
Who the heck started this group and who picks the targets?
Laura E. Davis. I’m a poet, editor, instructor and chronic project-starter living in San Francisco. I earned my MFA in Pittsburgh at Chatham University and my first chapbook, Braiding the Storm, comes out this September (Finishing Line Press). I’m the Founder Editor of Weave Magazine, a publication that has always sought out diversity in our pages. Every issue of Weave has featured at least half women. We also publish a lot of LGBT writers. We strive to have more ethnic, age, ability, socio-economic, and regional diveristy. I can often be found starting new projects before finishing old ones. Much like this group.