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How Long Submissions Take to be Approved

December 6, 2009
By Anonymous

It seems that when you submit something, it takes weeks, perhaps even months for it to be approved. Everything is always published on the website, is it not? Has anyone ever received a letter saying your article was not approved and will never will be? I don't think so. Why not just post everything up right away so we no longer have to wait and wait to see our work up online.


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on May. 18 2013 at 6:16 pm
YozoraK PLATINUM, Maumelle, Arkansas
21 articles 0 photos 20 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Life for you has been less than kind/So take a number/Stand in line/We've all been sorry/We've all been hurt/But how we survive/Is what makes us who we are." -'Survive' by Rise Against

I haven't had work rejected yet, but a lot of my poetry takes awhile to be approved.  Yet I think that because a lot of a certain type of writing is submitted at time that it takes longer for them to get through it, yet once they get to a whole bunch of someone's then it gets published in a bundle.  For instance, I've published at least 20 poems, and 17 of them were put under the Free Verse section, which I can guess gets tons of submissions a day.  Typically, I submit a bunch at a time, and when I finally recieve the email that I've been published, it's typically each poem I just recently sent in.  However, I did submit a SasuNaru fanfic, and it was maybe a day before it was published.  This is probably because there are not as many fanfiction submitted as there are Free Verse poems.  This is my case, however, it may differ for others, I'm not sure.

Lokelani said...
on Apr. 16 2013 at 6:46 pm
Depends on how long your articles are, if they're poetry or whatever. Also I had to wait longer when I first joined than now, but maybe that's just me. :) Hope you have fun on here!

Lokelani said...
on Apr. 16 2013 at 6:41 pm
I didn't know your articles could be rejected, so obviously it's never happened to me. I was irritated with how long submissions took to go through when I first started Teen Ink, but now it doesn't take as long. A week is all. But I do poetry, so it makes a difference, as others have said.

JazzyJay said...
on Apr. 13 2013 at 6:22 pm
JazzyJay, Silver Spring, Maryland
0 articles 0 photos 9 comments

Favorite Quote:
"It doesn't matter how young you are you always have the chance to pursue your dream." but the one I always use is "Give me a minute!"

All my work is published in less than a week. I did however submit one book and it ended up not being published but I think that was because itr was only 8 pages and most of my work is 30- 40 pages long.

on Mar. 30 2013 at 10:57 am
theatregirl PLATINUM, Lathrup Village, Michigan
30 articles 12 photos 209 comments

Favorite Quote:
"To thine own self be true," -from Hamlet, a play by Shakespeare.
"I have sworn on the altar of god eternal hostility against all forms of tyranny over the mind of man." - Thomas Jefferson

Your article is interesting, but I never experience that. Of the probably 25 entry u done in the past 6 monst, only 3 have been rejected. When they were, I was sent a notice saying reject because either subject matter or grammar (in my case it was grammar). And also, a tip to users if u submit something to a broad catgory like "free verse poetry" or "realistic fiction" it going take longer and your article not going to be feature. I'm fact, out the 22 articles I have written , the 2 that been feature. (One is currently being feature under recently submitted hot topics, it called "I won't respond to the names you call me") they have only been featured in smaller catargories. The one thing is, obviously, stories take longer. My first 2 submitions were an article and a poem. The poem was published in 3 days, the article in 2 weeks. Obviously, since an editor must read through the article , an 2 stanza poem is going be read faster then a 3000 word article.

on Mar. 22 2013 at 11:45 am
sweetangel4life GOLD, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet". Romeo and Juliet ( Quote Act II, Sc. II).

"Let them eat cake."
Marie Antoinette

i had a small article rejected i think it was cause i used an innaprotiate word. i took it out and it was accepted a few weeks later .i think it takes so long because the editors of the website have to read them and everything.

on Feb. 21 2013 at 7:58 pm
TheSkyOwesMeRain GOLD, Irvine, California
13 articles 1 photo 299 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life isn't measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments which take your breath away.

You are only as strong as your weakest link.

I totally agree! I've submitted a haiku (!) a month or so ago, and it's still not been rejected or accepted yet. 

on Feb. 21 2013 at 10:08 am
AmarisKade PLATINUM, Rye, New Hampshire
21 articles 11 photos 8 comments
I agree.  One piece I wrote (Our Snow) got published the next day. Another, is still pending, and I submitted it two week ago. It really depends.

on Feb. 13 2013 at 11:42 am
NewIdentity GOLD, Arden, North Carolina
15 articles 9 photos 11 comments

Favorite Quote:
If life for you
Been less than kind
Take a number
Stand in line
We've all been sorry
We've all been hurt
But it's how we survive
That makes us who we are
- Survive by Rise Against

I have also had a poem rejected before. I think it was because I quoted someone else's poem and then responded to it with my own poem. After it was rejected I resubmitted the poem without quoting the other poem and it was accepted. It was rejected because not all the work was mine, even though I was not claiming to have written the other poem.

on Feb. 11 2013 at 6:00 pm
NadiaFilanovsky SILVER, Brooklyn, New York
7 articles 2 photos 13 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens" --Jimi Hendricks

I've actually had a piece rejected before, it kind of broke my spirits for a while but I'm back puting up work. I'm not sure what causes them to reject or accept pieces, mine was something I had written about school, but I could see why they had rejected it because it had a very sad ending. So, yeah, I mean I agree it does take a while, but they should be reading through the pieces because it took me having my piece rejected to realize that maybe it wasn't appropriate for the website.

on Feb. 10 2013 at 10:02 pm
Positivity_At_Its_Finest DIAMOND, Morrow, Georgia
56 articles 2 photos 148 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life is a stage, get on it and perform your best act.

with my work, it takes about a week to get published/approved. however, when i see when my work is published, it seems like it was a time way before i actually saw it on the website.

awray0 GOLD said...
on Jan. 30 2013 at 2:53 pm
awray0 GOLD, Seymour, Indiana
11 articles 6 photos 14 comments

Favorite Quote:
“Be very careful if you make a woman cry, because God counts her tears. The woman came out of a man’s rib: Not from his feet to be walked on. Not from his head to be superior, but from the side to be equal. Under the arm to be protected, and next to the heart to be loved.”

live laught love

hope is love and forgivness

live life as if you die tomorrow

fake it till you make it

face up to the music an grab the bull by the horns

you never lose by loving you lose by holding back

its alright letting yourself go as long as you can get yourself back up

she never gave up on my mom is my hero

my mom had a great deal of trouble with me but i think she enjoyed it

i dont judge you for what you belief in so why judge mine.

When I first started it took them a week to approve. But now when I submit my poems it takes a few days to get them approved.

on Jan. 23 2013 at 3:45 pm
ClarinetPower SILVER, Macomb, Michigan
5 articles 0 photos 40 comments
Likeaboss427: It depends. I have had an article take anywhere from two days to two weeks.

on Jan. 16 2013 at 1:47 pm
LinkinPark12 PLATINUM, Lincolnshire, Other
45 articles 1 photo 198 comments

Favorite Quote:
Work like you don’t need money, love like you've never been hurt, and dance like no one's watching. ¦ I like change - but only when everything stays the same.

Yeah, well, they do that to read your work, check for any swearing (which they beep out) and see whether your work should go in the magazine or receive any awards (e.g. Editor's Choice).   Also, please read my work! I'd love for any rating or comment, thanks!

on Jan. 13 2013 at 1:11 pm
Likeaboss427 GOLD, Fort Belvoir, Virginia
17 articles 0 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
"But I have a new love for that glittering instrument, the human soul. It is a lovely and unique thing in the universe. It is always attacked and never destroyed---because 'Thou mayest.'" -Lee (East of Eden, John Steinbeck)

joined yesterday and i submitted 7 articles. about how long does it take to go through the editors and hopefully get on the website?  

on Jan. 5 2013 at 5:40 pm
In_Love_with_Writing GOLD, Easton, Pennsylvania
12 articles 0 photos 389 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phillipians 4:13

Hey since we're talking about submissions (obviously) I would like to ask that all of you guys pleeeease check out my stories. Just a rating and a comment will make my day. It means so much and you could consider it  your act of kindness for the day. Thanks!

on Dec. 20 2012 at 10:08 pm
IfLifeGivesYouLemons PLATINUM, Sacramento, California
37 articles 0 photos 22 comments

Favorite Quote:
When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'happy'. They told me I didn't understand the assignment. I told them they didn't understand life

Actually, I have had some articles rejected. Once when I was trying my hand at a new style of writing, a "6 word story", which was not posted, and a couple of times for being overly violent in my descriptions.

Plus, it' s not just a matter of screening for innappropriate content. It's also the publisher's first glance at just how good the piece is. They give out Editor's Choice award, they gather a first impression on whether or not it's print-worthy. 

Yes, they need to read it. There are pieces rejected every day for graphic violence, sexual content, or severe grammatical and formatting errors. Sorry, but your points are misguided. 

on Dec. 20 2012 at 11:59 am
MarieAntoinette2014 DIAMOND, Scottsburg, Indiana
54 articles 2 photos 237 comments

Favorite Quote:
Isn't it ironic? We ignore the ones who adore us, adore the ones who ignore us, love the ones who hurt us, and hurt the ones that love us.

There's no spot to look really, just look at them on the "See my Stuff" panel, then the "My Work" Tab. Sorry, Wish I could help more.

redfox1939 said...
on Dec. 7 2012 at 2:59 am
never had this fun article

on Dec. 5 2012 at 5:38 pm
BabblingPollyPolliwog, Chandler, Arizona
0 articles 0 photos 16 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." Ephesians 6:11 KJV

I like your username, but, btw, his middle name is Allan.