Someone seems to be ignoring my request to withdraw a submission. I have advised them that it is under contract elsewhere. Please PM me if you think you can help.
What do you mean? A magazine is publishing / has published your writing despite your request that they not do so?
They probably just deleted your sub and your email and went on to the next thing. Never expect to receive confirmation etc. Of course, if you signed a contract or something, it becomes much more complex.
I've withdrawn...probably 10 subs? I got responses to 2 of those. I wouldn't worry about it.
It now seems to be an issue.
What's become the issue?
You'll have to be more specific about the "issue". Did you receive an acceptance from a place you withdrew from? If that's the case, just respond and direct them to your withdrawl.
I received an acceptance and agreed to a contract.
Then, another place sent me an acceptance. I responded right away and advised the story was under contract elsewhere. No response. A few days later this second place then sent me another email saying the new issue is about to go up, listing my story among the others being published.
Yeah, you kinda fucked yourself. If getting out a contract was so easy, it would sort of negate the purpose of having one.
Imagine the inverse: a mag that you wanted your story in says, "Hey bud, we're booting you out of the issue."
First thing you'd say is, "But we have a contract!!"
Yeah, this is precisely why you should withdraw a story ASAP if it gets accepted. Unless I'm reading this wrong, it sounds like you didn't tell them it had been accepted until they accepted it?
@ Sparrow, you're right, I didn't withdraw it right away (I think maybe I forgot I had sent it there). Still, they had four or five days after I notified them, prior to putting the story up.
@ Brandon, as a sidenote, the first place that accepted it actually did boot my story after I had signed the contract. Well, boot is a strong word, more like asked if it could be bumped back one issue, which I grudgingly agreed to.
Well, this won't help you now, but it may help in the future--are you using the submissions tracker on Duotrope? It makes things like this very easy. If you're not, or don't want to for some reason, I definitely recommend putting together a spreadsheet or something, because in the end something like this is only going to look bad on you--even if you're doing your best to fix it.
And bumping back an issue probably isn't something to get upset about. I know editors like to spend time making sure a story is not just right for their publication but in the right PLACE in their publication.
At least you're it that place where two publications want your work. I think we figure it's hard to get published so we don't think this will happen, then boom.
well, at this point, promote the better place and ignore the lesser place.
...and now it's been taken down. Maybe they checked their email.