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

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

A: Little Blue Marble is niche enough that it has only one editor and no regular slush readers, but occasionally if we're undecided about a story we'll share it with a trusted reader to get a second opinion. One of our most-read stories got accepted this way.

A: We look for authorial risks, unique perspectives, a manner of using language in a fresh way, an original take on the topic as well as a willingness to stay away from cliches’.

Robbin Farr and Judith Lagana, Founders and co-editors of River Heron Review, 14 September 2018

A: We have a tiered format, where student editors read the pieces, so it's usually read at least 3 times, then I review all the work, so our pieces are getting evaluated by different eyes and different perspectives. Finally, we choose everything as a staff, so each piece gets a through eval and opportunity.

A: None

Mark Antony Rossi, Editor in Chief of Ariel Chart, 07 September 2018

A: After the initial slush pile reading, our entire staff gets together to discuss each piece. Everyone gets a chance to make their case for why a piece should or shouldn't be published. This provides us the opportunity to see each submission differently than we might have upon a first reading.

A: An article is sent out for evaluation by at least one referee, chosen because of their expertise in the subject matter of the submission. "Notes" do not go through the referee process; only the editor reads and decides about notes, letters, and reviews.

Janet Brennan Croft, Editor of Mythlore, 07 September 2018

A: s.a.: two peer reviewers

Chirstoph Pieper, Editor-in-chief of Mnemosyne, 05 September 2018

A: See answer above. Two preliminary round readers, who can then send it to the genre editor, who can then send it to the editorial review board. The board can reject, accept, or even something in between. We have, as a board, then worked with authors with work we love but that isn't ready for us--if they're close, and if the pieces show that the writer has the skills to pull off the revision we think necessary.

A: We strive to maintain a high standard of quality but we also look for variety from issue to issue across the publication year. We do not do "themed" issues and the work that comes in for each submission cycle is evaluated to determine the direction of each edition.

A: Double blind peer review with, sometimes, ongoing dialogue between the editor in charge, reviewers and the author

A: Often work is submitted to a second or third reader. All Spanish language work is submitted to the associate editor who makes the final decision. Translations are judged by both the editor, associate editor and sometimes other readers. , sometimes other translators.

Lee Gould, Editor of La Presa, 21 August 2018