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

A: Multiple editors review the piece and must agree on their inclusion or rejection. We discuss our feelings on submissions at regular board meetings where editors have the opportunity to convince each other that a work should be included. Any helpful feedback provided is passed on to the submitter.

A: If people include websites, I might take a peek at those to get a sense of who the person is. But it's not at all a criteria for selection.

A: If a submission catches my interest, I will ask for the full manuscript. If the story is engaging and I like it, I will then start evaluating a piece based on how well it is written. If a manuscript is full of errors, I will probably pass on it even though it is a good story.

A: There are numerous points that our judges keep in their minds before accepting the submissions. The most important ones especially for poems are like analyzing the poetic devices and techniques, poet's vocabulary, poetic symbols, overall meaning and purpose of the poem, voice tonality of the poem, storylines, rhyming schemes, and relevancy to the theme of the contest among others. We always seek submissions that stand out from the crowd and yield uniqueness on their own.

A: Just the effect a piece has on me as a reader.

A: If I like a story enough to consider this far, my next question is: what needs to be done to make it a Guilty story? That may mean light editing for formatting and/or style or it may mean requesting rewrites from the author. The question then becomes whether or not the slot I'm considering the story for is best filled by that story, once editing has taken place, or if something else I'm considering would be the best fit.

A: If we aren't sure about a submission, we'll show it to another editor. This is where we ask for revise and resubmits. If we are really unsure still, we might take a look more at their credits and how likely they would be to share it on social media. We want people to read what we publish, so honestly it makes a big difference if people are active or not on Twitter.

A: We go through a two-phase reading process. Those that get through to the second round will be ranked and stacked for consideration. Sometimes, a good quality piece won't make it through to publication because we have too many submissions of a similar topic or recently published a piece on a similar subject. So please don't be discouraged!
Please note all our second-round submissions are exposed to a plagiarism check (an unfortunate but necessary process).

A: No additional evaluations, though we do consider submitted work for in-print publication, as well as online publication.

A: We usually read a piece three times before writing a response. For an acceptance, we request a revision along with our response. Typically, that revision is what we run with in an issue. Sometimes, if a piece needs more attention or if the writer wants to do some additional back-and-forth, we're happy to do that.

A: Not applicable as the competition winners chosen for C.U.P. publication are chosen by a qualified judge.

A: We have a two rating system, so each story is reviewed twice (both for the content and its suitability for audio production). Then a final read is done by our Managing Editor before it's finally accepted.