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

A: Back and forth reading between my co-editors and me.

A: We consider the length, but also if the piece will pair well with any other pieces we are considering for the publication.

A: As editor, I read and evaluate every submission. As much as possible, members of my student editorial board chime in.

A: All editors may vote on submissions in all categories, and we have a designated "expert" in each category whose decision breaks a tie. Each piece usually has three readers.

A: Nothing more than that, really! My co-editor and I always read everything and discuss pieces before we agree on whether to accept or not.

A: All of the editors meet together and read the piece out loud multiple times. We all offer feedback and the final vote doesn't need to be unanimous because our editors each have different tastes. It's important to honor what moves us individually as much as collectively.

Carlie Hoffman, Editor-in-Chief of Small Orange, 22 October 2018

A: All submissions come through me first. I'll read the piece, and if it shows potential I'll bring it to the weekly table discussion where the genre editors and general readers will discuss the merit of the work and whether or not its a good fit for our publication. Then I'll review the "IN" votes at the end of the night and make the final call.

A: We have a small editorial team that looks over the stories.

A: We follow our submission guidelines. We don't print profanity, overt sexuality, glorification of the dark side of the force, or drugs.

David Martin, Managing Editor of Fine Lines, 05 October 2018

A: Make sure your work is formatted correctly and uses correct grammar (unless you're playing with form).

Clarrie Rose, Co-Editor of Hypnopomp, 28 September 2018

A: Plagiarism is a complex and ever-present issue. We evaluate carefully that the poems considered for publication are not copies of previously published work in any other publication.

Sonam Chhoki, Editor-in-chief of Cattails, 19 September 2018

A: The combined opinions and thoughts of our editorial staff. Acceptance or rejection is sometimes a difficult decision.