I'm noticing an interesting trend in some of the submissions I've received for Apollo's Lyre over the past several months. Instead of just worrying about telling a story in 2,000 words or fewer (no easy feat in and of itself), the authors use different stylistic devices. One was formatted like a poem. Another told in one long paragraph (it was not, however, actually only one paragraph).
Where is this coming from? Do they think it gives them an edge? Is there a website out there giving this advice?
To quote my heroine, Miss Snark: "Just follow the damn directions." Read my article on what I'm looking for in a submission. Keep it under 2,000 words. Have a beginning, a middle and an end. Tell an interesting story. Run spell check.
I won't even start about the "Dear editors" I get when my name is right there on the submission page.