The latest piece of Harrisia to arrive on the internet has just been posted on Winamop – www.winamop.com. It’s called ‘Special Delivery’ and it’s about a guy who phones for an Indian takeaway and gets a phone sex line and an old friend. Like you do. It’s a bit of fun, or at least I would hope it is, but it has an undercut of how little women know of men and vice versa.
I have a particular soft spot for Winamop, which I think writers do tend to have for the ‘reliables’ who will publish work without feeling the need to muck around with it and without subjecting their contributors to great tracts of grandiose, pretentious ‘submission guidelines’, which are frequently very revealing in what they say about the towering egos producing the thing and/or their total contempt for their own contributors. In any case, isn’t ‘contributions’ a rather less loaded term than ‘submissions’?
The invaluable guide, in this respect as in a number of others, is Duotrope – www.duotrope.com. Duotrope’s approach is to publish a bit of blurb from the publication’s website, which means its subscribers (and I’m glad they are charging something for their services now, because they should) can get a feel for the magazine even before visiting the site. If you read the blurb and you don’t know what the hell they’re talking about, avoid – it’s easier, believe me!