Okay, so many of you probably already knew that, but I haven't submitted anything to Writers of the Future since February. I think it's excellent when a market opens up to electronic submissions since it saves on time, postage, and trees. It's so much easier for me to hit "send" at any time of day than cart a wiggly toddler to the post office. Asimov's also recently (sometime between March 2008 and July 2010, anyway) started accepting electronic submissions too. Now if Analog and Fantasy and Science Fiction would jump onboard, I'd almost never have to visit a post office!
The only thing I didn't like about the Writers of the Future electronic process is that they made Age, Gender, and Occupation required fields. Gender I can see--they need to know whether to put Mr. or Ms. on their responses--but what does it matter how old you are or what you do? The occupation options were pretty general and limited too: executive/managerial, clerical, blue collar, sales, artist/writer, student, educator, military, housewife, and other. I opted for artist/writer over housewife because I hate the term housewife. And because I am a writer and hope to make a living wage off of it someday. "Housewife" makes me feel like I should pull my hair back with a scarf, keep my house spotless (with little or no help from my husband), happily have dinner on the table at 6:30 every night, and pop out babies left and right. Chasing after a kid is incredibly freaking hard work (I always feel like I'm running from behind) and I strongly believe that maintenance of a household is a joint (or group) responsibility. And frankly, the only reason that I stayed home with our son when my husband went back to work is because he made more. Had our salaries been reversed, I probably would still be in the rat race and he would be staying home with our son. How come they didn't have an option that read "househusband?"
Anyway, good for them for joining the electronic age, but I think their entry form needs some tweaking.