We've said this many times, but we need to keep letting you know anyway:
DON'T SUBMIT TO FEATURED. Featured is a folder for poems we might choose to feature. We get SO MANY requests for the featured folder that it's just easier for us to deny them without even taking the extra time to reply to you and explain. THANK YOU for understanding! It's nothing personal!!!
If you get denied, it's probably (9 times out of 10...the other 1/10 being that you submitted prose to our poetry group) that you submitted it to the featured folder, which your drop down menu when submitting may be defaulting to. If you get denied, please just resubmit to a more accurate folder.
ALSO, I've got around 40 to-be-critiqued poems waiting for me to critique, so please know I haven't forgotten them, and plan to get on them as soon as I can. As always, thank you for your patience.
Happy writing, all!