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

A: We mostly just have to all agree as a group that this piece, in particular, fits with our current issue.

A: sledgehammer was a one-man operation when it launched, but as the magazine grew it was obvious that model was unsustainable. we recruited a small team of assistant editors and readers, and each piece gets looked at by multiple sets of eyes in the decision making process. our staff is relatively diverse, and I encourage our readers to choose pieces that click with them personally, which means we publish a wide variety of styles.

A: For the press, most of our submissions are reviewed by a slush reader, then bumped to the managing editor. If we're working with a guest editor, they receive 5-10 of the final submissions for reading. Then, the decision to publish is a collaborative effort between the managing editor and guest editor.

A: I am a one-woman journal so honestly I’m the only person who reads your work. A lot of times this means I have a very quick response time unless I am especially slammed with submissions.

A: We divvy our pieces between editors. We don't have a big team, so individual editors choose pieces. They then get edited and put on the site.

Julia Nusbaum, Editor-in-Chief/Founder of HerStry, 04 September 2021

A: We try to make sure that each piece is appropriate and not offensive in any way. This may mean rejecting a story that is racist or homophobic in some way or asking a creator to edit a section that comes off as being short-sighted or inappropriate.

A: If it's Holmes and the fans will like it, and the author is ready to roll their sleeves up and engage the fans that's all that's needed above the good writing.

A: Most importantly, it is the topicality of the peice in accordance to the issue theme, and also poignancy of titles. If the title allures, we are tempted to give it a chance.

A: None, typically.

A: Requires little to no revision or copy-editing to be publication-ready.

Jessica Spruill Waggoner, Managing Editor of HeartWood, 19 August 2021

A: We consider how a submission will be produced for our radio show. We often make comments or mark sections in a submission where it may need to be adjusted for radio (expletives, dialogue tags added, etc.). Sometimes a piece can be beautifully written, but it's in an experimental format that makes it difficult to produce for radio. I try to refer those writers to other publications who will be able to accept their work. I want everyone to succeed. Since we only publish 3-4 pieces per month, our review process is highly selective. We have to say "no" to a lot of good ideas and submissions, or we think about how we can hold onto these pieces for future issues and episodes.

A: Is it good, professional, and does if follow the rules of the contest.