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Read all the editors' answers to Duotrope's interview question: What additional evaluations, if any, does a piece go through before it is accepted? Learn more.
Here is a small sampling from our recent Editor Interviews. We have interviewed over 1,875 editors.
Q: What additional evaluations, if any, does a piece go through before it is accepted?
A: There will always be a line edit for house style, for approval by the author.
A: Poetry is filtered once through the editor-in-chief and then decided upon by the associate editor.
A: None. The piece is selected on its own merit.
A: Sometimes, the article is shared with other editors at our site for their opinion.
A: The question we are asking again and again is: Does this piece support our anti-racist mission? That doesn't mean the work needs to be about racism or anti-racism, but we do our best to make sure a diverse range of voices are represented in each issue. We try to consider the way the pieces we accept speak to each other. Also, on occasion, we may ask an author if she is / they are open to making small edits.
A: If the piece is clinical in nature, I send it to a therapist for review.
A: We don't accept erotica. We don't mind some sex, but it needs to be part of a gritty story, not just sex for the sake of sex.
A: We check legal issues. If characters or places are used from prior authors, we get their permissions. If products are mentioned, we make sure we're not inflicting trademark tarnishment. We also make sure a story doesn't cause tremendous ripples throughout the city.
A: SAND is very democratic, so once editors decide on shortlists, the entire team has a chance to chime in before we make final decisions on what to publish. It’s beautiful to see how certain stories resonate with so many people who have such different tastes and to see the passion that comes out of the team during those discussions.
A: Two rounds of reading, EIC reading, then verification by the author that it has not been previously published.
A: Again, a piece gets two full readings, then if either reader or both promote it, it goes to the judge. Approximately 20 pieces are finalists, of which the judge chooses 5 winners. All winners are equal and receive publication, a $150 honorarium, and prime literary agent and publisher exposure.