I am most impressed by the concept, masthead, general format, and--most of all--by the passion and dedication of the ASHVAMEGH editorial staff in selecting some fine work for these first two issues.. You have attracted some excellent work.Notwithstanding my strong support for your Journal--I certainly intend to submit further work for your consideration--I wish to strongly underscore Richard Atwood's complaint about altering IN ANY WAY, HOWEVER SMALL, the text that a poet has submitted. As a poet, I "use the page" with a great deal of thought. A sudden five or eight spaces between words in a line, is a 'white space' there for a reason. A single-spaced poem MUST be printed in the Journal exactly that way. Your responses abve, Alok, indicate that you are going to see to these matters, and I commend your openness.You can make your life easier by insisting that authors submit their work in a preferred font and a preferred size, say TNR or Ariel or whatever 12 pt. Many Journals insist on this in their Submission Guidelines. That way, your staff can work on space requirements, page overruns, etc. early on in the editorial process. They'll be so grateful they'll buy you dinner......With RespectClark Cook
Respected ma'am, many thanks to write in. The most important thing is - there are no theme for future issues until mentioned in the blog. So please feel free to write in. Moreover, I have looked into the matter and assure our contributors of no further compromise with their content in any way. Thank you for your good wishes to us. I am waiting to see your works with us. Thank YouAdded later: You can send your comments with title of work referred and we will publish it in our next issue in a dedicated comments section.
Hello Alok, I read a few poems in the March Issue. Do you allow reader's comments. I liked- Parchment, by Clark Cook.I was unable to post my work for the issue, as I realized very late, Poetry submissions are theme based.What is the theme for the next issue. Do you really think it's important to have a theme.I do agree with Richard Atwood, that the formating, line breaks, punctuation marks etc. should not be edited without prior permission of the poet.Overall the journal is impressive and contributions very impressive. Wish you and your team all the best in this literary journey. Warm RegardsMamta Agarwal
I am just finishing my BA IN PHILOSOPHY on 9 th april 2015 from nannaya university in andhrapradesh. intrested and inspired to hear our culture being developed by young Indians,happy to know about this through Alok
We appreciate the remarks by our honourable member, Ken W. Simpson. The authors are contacted appropriately upon their works being accepted or turned down. We will take care in future that we leave no communication barred. Thank YouThe Ashvamegh Team
I agree entirely with Richard Atwood. I had no idea poems were being changed without the knowledge and agreement of the poets concerned.I can only speak for myself, but I also think contributors should be informed if any of their submissions have been accepted or rejected.I have been impressed by the quality of the poetry and the essays In the first two issues but doubt the need to have a monthly theme, because the poetry and the essays featured each month do represent contemporary thought.
Respected, Richard Atwood, We appreciate your complaint (and we really did, however, want suggestions/complaints). Things you have mentioned will be looked after; we assure you and all. Nothing, moreover, can be perfect! It must be some silly mistake by the typing or the managing staff. Whatever be the case, the fault will be looked into and solution will be reached. Many thanks to write in.
I was glad to be included in your first two issues. You did, however, want commentary. Generally a nice magazine, and glad you have included many from different areas of the world as contributors.However, one major complaint... the editorial staff should not be altering poet's poems. Meaning, how a poem is submitted is the way the poet wants his work to appear.1. Do not change the formatting of the poem's line structure -- (you did this by centering most of the poetry on the pages).2. Do not add punctuation that was not in the original -- (if you feel you must do so, you should contact the poet and tell him why this might be necessary -- or he may choose to withdraw his material from publication). By doing this, you are changing the work into something the poet did not intend, or the way it was intended to be read.Things like this do not make many "artists" happy. It's a bit like saying we love your painting, but we want to make your sky red instead of blue. And then you do it. Not a good idea.Nonetheless, any publication credit is nice to have. I give you best wishes for further issues.Rick Atwood(Originally posted in March 2015)
It was a nice issue and I look forward for another fine issue from this magazine. I love the dedication from the team to promote literature and creative writings! (Originally posted in March 2015)
Many thanks for your words, dear Anna. We hope to be inspiring to the authors and scholars. (Originally posted in March 2015)
This is a great effort, a nice platform for the writers around the world. I wish success to the Ashvamegh team! (Originally posted in March 2015)