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

A: Both co-editors have to agree on a piece of work.

A: There's really no accounting for taste.

A: Stories that have impressed at least two of our readers then go to a monthly editorial meeting for discussion.

A: Poems that are accepted are read by several editors, the Managing Editor, and the Editor-in-Chief. Poems are also read by our Art Editor. All art that is accepted is evaluated by the Art Editor, the Managing Editor, and the Editor-in-Chief. All accepted pieces are discussed in depth by the entire team.

A: We trust our contributors and if they say that something is finished, we treat is as such. Of course, we do have a team of readers that go through the piece before publication to make sure that no minor, unintended errors of grammar or formatting exist. If there is a more substantive comment, we always discuss it with the contributor himself/herself and always expect his/her consent before changing anything.

A: I do the first read-through of all submissions. From there, the pieces I don’t reject I forward along to the relevant editor to make the final call.

A: Just a single read from my co-editor and I. We write down our "Yes" and "No" picks separately and then come together for a meeting. It's great when we agree, but then we have discussions on ones where we differ in opinion and eventually come to a final decision. I've been known to reread sections of a piece that we aren't sure about, but never the entire piece more than once during the submissions phase.

A: None. That said, we have an internal rule that if we find more than 3 glaring typos, we have the option to stop reading. We don't want to spend more time with your writing than you did.

A: We carefully select the best work first, and if we have identified more work than we can possibly include, we refine our selections further.

A: Triple-blind review.

A: Annual contest has a judging panel for finalists. Editor-in-chief makes all final decisions.

A: We put together issues, and sometimes it comes down to which pieces would fit into the issue we’re already building. However, we do accept for future issues if a piece really stands out but doesn’t fit in the latest upcoming issue.