Editor Interview: Points in Case

Q: Describe what you publish in 25 characters or less.

A: Irreverent comedy

Q: What sets your publication apart from others that publish similar material?

A: Points in Case is not afraid to take chances on many humor styles and formats. We also devote ample time into making sure all articles are not only thoroughly copy-edited, but titled and presented in an attractive, relevant, and compelling way. We love our writers; praise, constructive criticism, and trading concepts and ideas are all part of the publishing process.

Q: What is the best advice you can give people who are considering submitting work to your publication?

A: Write in your own voice, and don't doubt your humor. If you honestly think a piece is funny, and you can laugh out loud while reading your own work, it probably IS funny. It couldn't hurt to run it by a few honest friends though.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: Unique comedy article, irreverent but approachable, laugh out loud funny or bitingly witty, 800 words, spell-checked and copy-edited, with a catchy title.

Q: What do submitters most often get wrong about your submissions process?

A: The article has to be funny in a stand-alone fashion. Is the reader lost on the concept in the first paragraph? Game over. Irreverent doesn't mean esoteric. Also, 600-1000 words is the ideal range. We need enough to form a complete concept, but not so much that your eyes hurt after one article.

Q: How much do you want to know about the person submitting to you?

A: Previous publication credits are interesting, but mostly we want to know who you are and what your current relationship with comedy is. Are you writing a lot? What are some of your personality traits that would help us understand your style? Do you plan to contribute regularly?

Q: If you publish writing, how much of a piece do you read before making the decision to reject it?

A: If we're lost within the first paragraph, that's a bad sign; at least consider titling your piece so that's it's approachable when initially reviewed. Otherwise, we generally start with a little bit of the beginning, middle and end. If you have a solid grasp of putting sentences together and it sounds intriguing, we read the whole piece before making any decisions. Even if it's not quite right, we may suggest some changes that could make it more appropriate for the site.

Q: What additional evaluations, if any, does a piece go through before it is accepted?

A: An occasional round of edits. But if you're a strong writer, with a great comedic sense, we'll generally take care of all your grammar, spelling and structural issues on our own.