Greetings comrades today's post brought my first rejection of the New Year approximately six long months after submission. For an acceptance that is a long wait,for a rejection it borders on the sadistic.Which brings me neatly on to the biggest taboo in poetry,yes my friends,let me whisper it simultaneous submissions, shock! horror! and Gasp!.First of all let me say that if a magazine can reply in six weeks or less,(and some repeatedly do) then not accepting multiple submissions seems reasonable. If however they take six months or more, not accepting simultaneous submissions is really tying the hands of the, let's face it ,usually already anxious poet.Multiple submissions should be accepted under the proviso that notice of acceptance by another mag be emailed to concerned parties immediately. I mean how hard could that be, and how often would that really happen anyway for the vast majority? The refreshing hope is provided in the form of on-line poetry mags most of whom ACTIVELY ENCOURAGE simultaneous submissions and often reply within a week!I have never been a fan of these mags but I am slowly being won over as the standard- both of presentation and content -improves.Nothing could possibly ever replace the tactile physicality and special appeal of a real mags, they have a certain 'something' greater even than the sum of their parts. But, if you are just starting out,and it's publication you are after, then ,presuming you haven't got 500 years to live, they well may be the way ahead. I will post more about this soon along with a league table of reply times. Can you guess which mag took just 2 days TO ENGLAND AND BACK!! Which Irish mag took ONE WHOLE YEAR?? Can you believe that another english mag took TWICE THAT TIME. All I can say is gaze upon my league table ye mighty! Oh, and by the way I don't really own a Lamborghini Diablo at all, No, I've got a Bugatti Veyron.