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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.
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Q: If you publish writing, how much of a piece do you read before making the decision to reject it?
A: If the author has followed the submission guidelines, we review the whole piece and try to provide personal feedback. We do not read or review the pieces at all if the author has submitted more than the maximum number of poems or prose allowed per submission.
A: I read every single piece through to the end before making a decision.
A: I can sometimes know within the first few pages if I am going to pass on it or not. Sometimes I will pass on a piece because it doesn't fit the brand I'm shooting for with Timber Ghost Press. Other times I will pass on it because it doesn't hook me, or I don't feel much for the protagonist.
A: There's no doubt that we do read all the submissions to the end. We believe that the most righteous way to judge our submitter's work is to completely read their work and make efforts into understanding the submitter's perception. That's the reason why sometimes we take a longer time to finish the judging process because we want to give equal opportunities to all our submitters. We expect our submitters to understand our position and respect our decisions.
A: I read most poems at least twice. But upon the first reading, I might reject a poem as soon as the first few lines. I usually push to at least half way. But days later, I will return to it for a thorough reading. The poems that I select, are usually the ones that keep me reading straight to the end upon the initial reading.
A: I read every piece to the end. You can usually tell immediately if it wont suit the site.
A: We read every piece to the end because we can never predict the amazing ideas and concepts writers surprise us with.
A: It varies wildly. Sometimes, unfortunately, I can tell from the first page that something is not going to work. Other times, I read right to the end of a work before deciding it isn't for us. If a story catches my attention immediately, I'll read until it loses my interest. If I can get all the way through it and I'm still interested in it, I'll put it aside and read it again in a couple of days. Very rarely, a story thrills me so much I accept it immediately, but because we have limited space in each issue, that doesn't happen often.
A: We read every piece beginning. We've had some submissions where we actually cut the opening paragraph and it works better. If we see something in the piece, we are willing to work with them, if they're willing to put the work in. There have been times when we've asked for rewrites and it just didn't work and we had to pass. There have also been times where we didn't run a piece until the next issue. We feel if someone is going to take the time to write for us, we should put the same effort into their work.
A: We generally will read a piece all the way to the end - we are in the market for flash fiction, so we don't get many excuses! However, submissions with obvious grammar/spelling errors or superfluous gore/eroticism will probably be rejected earlier.
A: We read pieces in their entirety and review every piece we receive.