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

A: We are a small operation -- two editors/founders and an intern or two. All subs are read by at least two of us.

A: At the end of every submission period, our editors get together to talk about all of the pieces we enjoyed and why. Sometimes, one editor will make a great case for a piece and change others' minds. Sometimes, we're all very excited about a piece right from the start and we just gush about it for a minute!

A: Each submission is subject to double-blind peer review.

A: careful reading both by myself and my assistant editor, or in the case of poetry, by our poetry editor.

A: None. It's all my decision. I like it or I don't like it. Simple.

A: A work we are interested in publishing must successfully pass a publicity and marketing as well as a distribution evaluation. If approved, we send the work to our editor pool and only write a contract if one of our editors elects to "champion" the work.

A: Our submissions are read, commented on, and voted on by a genre-specific team; submissions and comments are then read by the genre editor, who will have the team rank their top five manuscripts. The genre editor narrows the field down to 2-3 final manuscripts, which are read by the publisher and managing editor, who will take the genre editor and genre-specific team's recommendations into (heavy) consideration as they make their final decision.

Kristine Langley Mahler, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Split/Lip Press, 07 January 2020

A: Just me.

A: Oftentimes, multiple team members review submitted work before accepting it, in order to provide different perspectives and ensure that we only publish work that is respectful and appropriate for Turnpike.

A: If I think it's great, then I get my interns to read it. If they like it, then I talk to the author and request the whole ms. If I like the whole ms then again it goes through the interns.

Katie Isbester, Editor-in-Chief of Claret Press, 06 January 2020

A: There are plenty. Is the author a member of an underrepresented minority? Is the story similar to something we have already recently run, or are currently considering running? Is the story truly something new, or a small variation on an established story? Is the author's voice unique? (I'm very big on personal style; conversely, if the story reads like it could have been written by a dozen or more other writers, I'm more likely to pass on it.) Then, there are intangible qualities that I'm hard-pressed to put into words...

A: Selection is based on the quality of the work. We also pay attention to the connection the work has to the theme and how the pieces compare and contrast. So you may have a wonderfully written piece but if it's offering the same perspective as three others that have been chosen, we may not pick it. That's why we allow up to three poems per person -- to allow for your voice to been heard (read) in different ways.