Regrets, Taddle Creek Has Had a Few
Regular readers know that Taddle Creek takes the art of accuracy very seriously. The magazine goes to great lengths to ensure everything that is meant to be real-world factual in its fiction and poetry is so (to the dismay of many of its contributors), and goes to even greater lengths—if that’s possible—to make sure its non-fiction pieces end up error-free. Taddle Creek’s high standards in this area are both a matter of pride and a matter of trust between magazine and reader.
While the magazine’s track record in the accuracy game is strong, even a magazine with such a crack fact-checking department as Taddle Creek makes mistakes. It’s not something the magazine is proud of, but facts show that it is impossible for a publication to be error-free one hundred per cent of the time, so Taddle Creek must trust its own research, however much it hurts.
But there is one area of accuracy in which Taddle Creek has been remiss: corrections. The magazine is happy to report that, to its knowledge, it has never published a major error—but it has committed many small ones. Some would argue small errors don’t matter that much but, taking things to extremes, as Taddle Creek is wont to do, the magazine disagrees. Maintaining the gold standard of literary-magazine fact-checking means fessing up to even the smallest of mistakes. And so, beginning immediately, the magazine will make note of and correct any erroneous information it discovers in its pages, regardless of its perceived importance. Errors will be listed in the magazine and on the magazine’s Web site. On-line corrections will be appended to pieces originally containing the error, and can also be found at www.taddlecreekmag.com/corrections. For the sake of public record, the on-line corrections page also lists every error that has come to the magazine’s attention since its first issue. And just to prove Taddle Creek is serious about owning up to its mistakes, any reader pointing out an error in an issue of the magazine will receive a free two-year subscription. (Taddle Creek reserves the right to decide for itself if it is in error.) Once again, Taddle Creek leads where other literary magazines fear to tread. You’re welcome.
(Originally published summer, 2010.)