For whatever reason, some of you are incapable of following the rules. I don’t know why that is, and really, I don’t care.
The problem is that neither will the people you’re submitting to. They won’t care that you don’t know how to follow the rules. They just won’t work with you. They won’t work with you because you don’t care. Because that’s exactly how it’s going to look to them: like you don’t care. Who wants to work with someone who doesn’t care? I know I don’t.
The rules are there because the people who set them want the work to be a certain way. A way that is best for them. It doesn’t matter what you think is better. It doesn’t matter if your way works better for you. When you’re submitting to a company, you have to learn to submit: accept or yield to the authority or will of another.
When you go to work, you have a dress code: if you don’t wear a uniform or have to dress a certain way, you should at least present a neat appearance. Barring that, you have to at least wear clothes. They’d also appreciate it if you didn’t come to work drunk or high so you can do the job to the best of your ability. Your job has rules, and you have to obey those rules if you want to continue to work there.
Companies have rules for their submissions. If you want your work to at least be seen, then you have to follow the rules. Sometimes those rules are simple, sometimes they need some interpretation. However, you don’t know better than the company you’re submitting to, and they don’t owe you an explanation for the reasoning behind their rules.
I have writers submitting scripts to me on a regular basis for The Proving Grounds. I have rules for those submissions, and they’re pretty simple. They also have consequences if they aren’t followed, and it’s done for a purpose.
Yes, I feel terrible when I get in a script that doesn’t follow my simple rules. It doesn’t happen often, but it happens. And then I’m the bad guy because I refuse to bend. I’m the bad guy because someone else didn’t listen to instructions that are totally capable of complying with.
If you’re going to submit, then submit. You can ask for a change once you’ve gotten something accepted. Anything else beforehand generally means you aren’t ready.