Origins. My original post was about being asked to re-write an article to suit an editor's taste. My point being, by the time I had pleased his sub-editor, the article became their version of my post.
The argument. The person in question, started his row by saying my writing was inadequate and poor -- at the time, he was correct -- even though he had not read the article in question. He went onto defend his friend, the editor, and attack my work as shoddy.
Editorial choice. Writers have to accept the editor can put what articles he/she wants in their magazine. I readily agree, but that was not my bone of contention, my bone was that the article became sanitized and impersonal, before it got rejected.
In-house favouritism. Along with editor's choice comes a worse evil. In-house favouritism, I have been a victim to this practise many times, and I dare say others have to, even if you don't realise the fact. This is a practice where editors look for the writers they like, and disregard others who may be as good. Once you spot the trend, your only option is not to send to the editor again.
Dark Tales. This magazine ran a contest, and two of the three winners were the same person.
Albedo one. This magazine has an extremely limited and restrictive policy, only writers of Irish origin stand a chance of being entered in their contests. A well-known and respected writer I used to know, told me the same thing when I mentioned the contests to him.
How to find out. If you can, look though the winners lists, any names which crop up regularly verify the prognosis. You could say, only the best stories get prizes. To some extent that is true, but on one site I used to frequent the same group of writers appeared in all the major contests, to the point we complained to the admin. The rules were changed, if you won this month, you could not enter the next contest, all that means is they planned a way to keep the monies by sharing the wins. To prove the contests are rigged, I beat one of the group in a contest on Facebook in an open contest, the contest was on her friend's publisher's page.
The contest. The contest was designed to push the books from the stable. None of the house writers came in the top ten of the contest.