You are not logged in. You need to log in
to access this feature. Sign up
if you haven't already. All new accounts start with a free trial.
Read all the editors' answers to Duotrope's interview question: If you publish writing, how much of a piece do you read before making the decision to reject it? Learn more.
Here is a small sampling from our recent Editor Interviews. We have interviewed over 1,550 editors.
Q: If you publish writing, how much of a piece do you read before making the decision to reject it?
A: Somewhere in between. If the language does not captivate, or devolves into that which is merely expected, the reading is quicker. But most of the time, I read to the end.
A: The quality of the writing is evident by the end of the second paragraph--sometimes sooner--but I always try to read the entire story unless egregious or irredeemable missteps occur.
A: We don't read every single piece all the way through (I doubt that any contest does). How much we read depends on the individual screener and the quality of those first stanzas. A first page with a lot of typos or cliches will usually knock you out of the running. Other times, we have to read all the way through to see if you stick the ending. Finalists will be read in full by the screener and the final judge.
A: We don't read every single piece all the way through (I doubt that any contest does). How much we read depends on the individual screener and the quality of those first paragraphs. A first page with a lot of typos or cliches will usually knock you out of the running. Other times, we have to read all the way through to see if you stick the ending. Finalists will be read in full by the screener and the final judge.
A: Since we primarily publish shorter fiction and poetry, every piece is read in its entirety. My literary panel chooses the pieces once they have read them.
A: We can sometimes tell from the first few paragraphs, or even the first few sentences, if a story, article, essay, or poem is going to be right for us. There's something about the literary tone and quality, and about the voice, that can readily identify itself as right, or not, for VASTARIEN. However, we do read all submissions through from start to finish, and the editors confer quite seriously with each other over all matters of acceptance and rejection. We're well aware of the time, effort, and self that go into producing any piece of writing, not to mention the courage and initiative that are required to submit such a thing for someone else's editorial assessment and judgment. So we're grateful to everyone who decides to take a chance on us, and we make sure we respect that decision by devoting full attention to all submitted work.
A: We read every piece through, unless it clearly shows animosity toward life in some form.
We're an editorial team, and sometimes we point out things to each other that we, as individuals, might have overlooked in a submission.
We also read through in respect for the person who is taking up the effort to write and to cast the writing into the world. While we might have a sense the piece won't be right, reading through has sometimes brought us to change our minds. The world is large and full of surprises and we like to be surprised!
A: The first paragraph is generally enough for me to get a good idea of what the story is about. A good writer will show his talent from the very beginning. Thinking editors may like a literary surprise later in the manuscript and beginning the work with something less than literary is never a good idea. Many editors read the first paragraph and make the decision then and there.
A: We read every submission at least twice.
A: We do not accept completed manuscripts.
A: If an author spends the time and money to submit a piece to us, we feel it's our responsibility to read the entire submission.
A: We generally read an entire piece before making a decision. Occasionally, we realize early in a piece that it is not a great fit for Sunlight (for instance, we typically do not publish openly religious or political work).