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

A: Each piece must be previously unpublished. Once we have a short list, we confirm that the piece is available. We strive to have an even mix of patient/healthcare consumer/caregiver/advocate stories AND healthcare professional stories, but we take the best of the best first and foremost!

A: Genre editors, in partnership with the editor-at-large, in the final stages before acceptance, all reread the short list for each issue, discussing all final acceptances. We may consider asking for minor edits, and if so, both genre editors work with the writers on these requests. Our amazing Young Writers editors work more often directly with those accepted for that section, again, with minor edits, but also to make sure the submissions and writers' bios adhere to the guidelines set out by the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

A: We have a system wherein two readers (or three, if a tiebreaker is required) read a submission. If two readers like it, it goes to the editorial collective. The collective discusses each held piece, takes notes, and decides as a group if the piece works in the pages of CALYX. Sometimes an acceptance is contingent on the author revising or cutting parts of the piece. We often ask for small changes, such as paring down scenes or moving the order of stanzas or paragraphs. Anything larger that would involve rewriting is framed more as a suggestion and returned to the author to resubmit another time at their discretion.

A: If I'm on the fence about a submission, I pass it on to a review team for their input.

A: Each piece usually goes through the editing process. Because so many of our submissions come from non-native speakers or previously unpublished writers, almost everything we publish gets a polish. We take a hands-on approach to editing and sometimes our feedback is extensive.

A: I am always desperate for critical writing regarding the academic/literary/art establishment, something that seems to be rare nowadays. So, in order to complete an issue of the journal, inevitably, I have to be more flexible regarding the subject matter of the writing. Again, the process/evaluation is simple.

A: Andy Boobier, whose main remit is layout and design, is also an experienced editor and poet - but the hurdles listed above are usually rigorous enough.

A: Works submitted to dead peasant are anonymized and sent to editors to review and decide which works they like. Then the editors meet to discuss and pound the table for the works that speak to them.

A: One editor is assigned to each submission. If an editor is moved to forward the piece on, the other two editors review it. We have robust discussions about most of these submissions, though occasionally all three editors vote yes quite quickly.

A: No additional evaluations.

A: There will always be a line edit for house style, for approval by the author.

Mark Reynolds, Editor of Bookanista, 03 March 2021

A: Poetry is filtered once through the editor-in-chief and then decided upon by the associate editor.

Leann Denman, Editor-in-chief of BOMBFIRE, 02 March 2021