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

A: Typically a piece is read by our assistant genre editor, our genre editor, and me before being accepted.

A: Every accepted piece is seen by at least two members of the editorial staff. If there is disagreement or confusion about a piece, we sometimes seek other opinions, sometimes putting the piece before the entire team.

A: We use outside readers to bolster our decisions. If two readers like it, then we will bring it to the table for consideration. If I read it and two other readers read it, and one of them says no, then I will reconsider my initial standing.

A: I send it out to one of my panel of peer reviewers for judgment & feedback.

A: We talk amongst ourselves, especially over work that we are in debate about, but also certainly about work that we particularly appreciate. We also communicate with each artist via query process to ensure every poem jives with our house style--Chicago Manual.

Langdon Dean Julius, Founding Editor of Juke Joint, 15 June 2018

A: All staff members must agree before we accept a ms.

A: Right now, since we're still a fledgling magazine, I am the process. Everything gets read once, I mark it as in consideration, a possible acceptance, or a possible rejection. Then I read all of those categories again to see if they still fit. There are certain things that will get a piece immediately rejected--for instance, if the submitted is cisgender, or if the piece contains no speculative elements. But that rarely happens.

A: Whether a writer is from an under represented group as mentioned previously.

A: We look at how clean the prose is. The story usually goes to at least two editors wh evaluate it. Both editors have to agree to accept it.

A: We will check for plagiarism and use the same tools to ensure that the work hasn't been previously published elsewhere. If the former is the case, we will reject the work and we will accept no further submissions from the 'author'. If the latter is the case, we will give the author an opportunity to take the work down from whatever site it's currently published to (often this is facebook or a blog).

Brent Armour, Editor in Chief of HelloHorror, 28 May 2018

A: 15 days

A: A piece MUST be relevant to the theme we are reading for that season.

Debojit Dutta, Founder and Editor of Antiserious, 18 May 2018