View Full Version : What are 'rolling submissions'?

09-30-2009, 11:23 PM
:hi:One website says a certain publisher accepts 'rolling submissions'. Is this the same as accepting simultaneous transmissions? Or is it something else? :Shrug:

kct webber
10-01-2009, 11:02 AM
Hm. I have no idea, but I'll be interested to see if anyone does.

10-01-2009, 11:15 AM
It generally mean a publisher has submission "windows". For example, for inclusion in the spring issue of a quarterly publication the submission period might be November 15-January 15; for the summer issue the submission period might be March 15-May 15. In other words, the submission period "rolls" around with the date of publication. Outside of the submission windows, either submissions are not accepted, or will be accepted but only as part of the next submission period. It can be of particular importance when a publication only runs certain types of articles or stories at certain times of the year. If you write a Christmas story and miss the submission window for the Christmas issue, you'll either be out of luck for this year, or it might be next year before your submission is even considered.

Does that make sense? I'm a sleepy head at the moment who is not asleep.

10-02-2009, 08:53 PM
I knew magazines worked that way-though I only heard them called submission windows. But these were book publishers. I think the site was called Wordhustle (http://http://www.wordhustler.com/publishers/6246/Philomel-Publishers.html)r and had data from all the publishing companies. It wanted to be the middle man in submissions. (Not that I was interested in trying to transmit a whole book via the internet!)