- — colintrafferty (@colintrafferty)Mon, Oct 03 2011 17:34:03@AshleyBethard That even applied after graduation--as NF editor of BWR, I turned down an Ander Monson piece, since he was an alumnus.
- — AshleyBethard (@AshleyBethard)Mon, Oct 03 2011 17:35:06@colintrafferty Exactly. This is exactly what I'm talking about. Seriously, I'm so disappointed with this. It's sickening.
- — idle_hour (@idle_hour)Mon, Oct 03 2011 17:37:07@AshleyBethard I will say I get groups--not journals--that form to generate & promote member work. I think html giant works this way?
- — idle_hour (@idle_hour)Mon, Oct 03 2011 17:37:53@AshleyBethard I think that's a different beast from journals, though, especially since the purpose of those is (should be) clearly stated.
- — AshleyBethard (@AshleyBethard)Mon, Oct 03 2011 17:39:19@idle_hour But we're talking a national journal here. It's unacceptable. And I seriously have considered writing an open letter.
- — mickdavidson (@mickdavidson)Mon, Oct 03 2011 17:39:35@AshleyBethard nepotism in the literary/publishing world? Surely not! But the reality is that it's who you know that'll get you the furthest
- — AshleyBethard (@AshleyBethard)Mon, Oct 03 2011 17:42:16@mickdavidson Or who you work for, in this case. Where certain pieces are published not on merit, but because the writer is on "the inside."
- — mickdavidson (@mickdavidson)Mon, Oct 03 2011 17:46:02@AshleyBethard I agree, the art world is the same. Got an MA? Step right up. Spent 20 years teaching yourself + raising a family? Forget it.
- — Razorbladefist (@Razorbladefist)Mon, Oct 03 2011 17:47:35@AshleyBethard If its well written, it should be published no matter what. Will people be more critical of the piece? Sure....
- — Razorbladefist (@Razorbladefist)Mon, Oct 03 2011 17:51:35@AshleyBethard ..but at that point, ego dictates both ends if they don't want to do it. If they publish, it will dilute the work & company
- — secretkeptskin (@secretkeptskin)Mon, Oct 03 2011 17:40:14@AshleyBethard Shouldn't publishing expand your readership base? Publishing is already too much of the same people patting the same backs.
Nepotism = BAD
A quick look at the literary discussion spawned by my "articulate bitching" on Twitter.
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