Submittable for fiction or nonfiction: Log in to your account and click "Withdraw" next to the submission. We'll be alerted automatically. Poetry through Submittable, or any genre by postal mail: Please tell us via the withdrawal form button so that we may manually delete your work.
Write a brief letter signed by all authors in which you explain the situation with the work and the reason(s) for its withdrawal. Often, there is a button or link to directly contact the editor during the online manuscript submission process, or you may find up his or her email address from the website. Always include your full name, academic title, and institution as well as a working email address so that the editor can contact you if necessary.
Upon receipt of your letter, the editor will decide whether to accept your request. If your article is accepted, the publisher will notify you by email. You will also receive a copy of the publication where your article appears with the subject line "Withdrawn from *Journal Title*."
If your article is not accepted, the publisher's policy is to either make it available again or remove it permanently. There is no charge for withdrawing an article from a journal. However, if your article was published in print, you will be offered the option to opt out of the print version of the journal.
If you would like to submit an article again in the future, it is recommended to do so after one year. Publishers reserve the right to reject any article they feel would be inappropriate for their journal. In such cases, the editor will usually notify the author by email.
Write a brief note, signed by all authors, describing the situation with the work and the reason(s) for its withdrawal. Often, there is a button or link in the online manuscript submission procedure to directly "contact the editor," or you may find up his/her email address from the website. Be sure to include this information in your letter.
To avoid any confusion about the status of your work, it is best if you send a separate letter for each paper you want to withdraw. However, if you have submitted only one paper, then also send only one letter. The editor will take care of the others.
Do not send original manuscripts or proofs without first talking to the editor or publisher. They may be required by some journals/conferences. If you have questions about requirements, please contact the journal/conference before sending anything.
Letters should be written on official journal/conference letterhead and include as much detail as possible about the reasons for withdrawing the work. For example: "We regret to inform you that we cannot proceed with our research on X because our funding has been cut by 50 percent" or "I am writing to let you know that I cannot continue my work on Y because it requires special equipment which I do not have access to anymore."
If you are asked to pay fees or provide copies of documents as a condition for withdrawing your work, then do so immediately.
When submitting poetry to journals and periodicals, you should take the following steps:
Here are some guidelines for submitting to a literary journal: