EDITORIAL DEPARTMENT CORRESPONDENCE
We appreciate your correspondence. Due to the large volume of mail we receive, we may be unable to reply personally or at great length, but please be assured that every submission will be read and carefully considered. Response times can vary from a few days to a few weeks (sometimes longer), depending on the complexity of the matter and the volume of incoming mail in our mailbox.
Publication and payment
We accept only a very small percentage of unsolicited articles, but we do read and carefully consider everything that is sent in. It may be helpful to keep in mind that, in several areas, especially new ideas and highly technical material, shorter is better. There are payments for articles, but they are moderate, not munificent.
General guidelines for correspondence
All correspondence and submissions should include the sender's name, and complete postal mailing address.
We prefer submissions be in plain text format, sent in an e-mail message, without attachments.
Please follow Bridge World style wherever possible. This means avoiding suit pips in text, placing South as declarer and to the left in bidding diagrams, using our terminology (such as advancer and strain, deal for all players' cards but hand for one player's holding), notation (5-4-3-1 vs. 5=4=3=1), and so forth.
To submit an article, letter, problem, deal, etc.
Please review the general guidelines above.
When writing, please indicate "Article submission" or "Letter to the Editor" etc. in the subject line.
To suggest a problem for the Master Solvers' Club or Challenge The Champs
Please review the general guidelines above.
When writing, please indicate "MSC suggestion" or "CTC suggestion" in the subject line.
Include all facts necessary to the problem, including form of bridge and vulnerability. It is helpful if other information (such as setting or anecdote) is kept separate from the problem itself.
Please begin with what is necessary, with comments or discussion placed later. Neatness and compactness are virtues!
Tips for submitting MSC or CTC problems
Problem suggestions are often used, and are always appreciated.
Although problem selection for the MSC or CTC is sometimes a matter of the taste of the selection committee, there are some objective guidelines: We tend to shy away from freak distributions. We avoid auctions in which North-South make use of a non-standard convention, or take some early action so questionable that many will object. Our standards are lower for East-West--opponents are expected to bid peculiarly, bless 'em; however, a really weird East-West auction could discourage us from picking the problem. The fresher the theme, the fewer similar problems we have had in the past, the more likely we are to use it. A problem whose only point is that it has no good answer (e.g., an opponent opens with five clubs, and you hold . . . ) is unlikely to appear. The more reasonable answers there are to a problem, the better--we seldom use problems that have only two possible solutions (the main purpose of the MSC is to stimulate discussion among the experts). And we try our best to avoid problems for which a large majority of panelists or solvers will produce the same answer.
We are very selective about MSC problems--only around one in 30 submissions eventually finds its way into print. A higher percentage of submissions for Challenge the Champs are accepted, yet still only around 15 percent. Here, we look for three prime qualities: It must be clear to us what the best contract is; there must be some difficulty in reaching that contract; and there must be a fighting chance of getting to it. Submitters should check these criteria in their potential submissions. Challenge the Champs deals sent in by readers run about 80 percent to slams, so we are limited in how many of those we can use. Interesting game contracts, and partscores of any interest at all, are favorites to be accepted.
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