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

A: There aren't additional evaluations.

Katherine Osborne, Editor-in-chief of Little River, 11 August 2019

A: The staff convenes online at the end of the reading period and discusses the stories that have received the most positive response. Every reader's and editor’s judgment is valued.

A: We use second readers / associate editors.

A: We consider a set of very subjective criteria when buying a story after we select those that are worth publishing on literary merits:
1. Does it fit within the issue thematically and aesthetically
2. How does it fit within the overarching narratives and trends in the SFF as a genre
3. What does the story add to the discourse
4. Is it fun
5. Do we think about a week after we read it

A: Since we are publishing a calendar, we often receive many poems relating to holidays. We can only accept one or two per holiday. We have bilingual co-editors for each calendar. They must reach some agreement. Ultimately our selections are often chosen democratically.

A: Just editorial review.

Virginia Howard, Editor-in-chief of THEMA, 26 July 2019

A: As the publisher I like to find myself in agreement with the choice of the fiction editor - I have never rejected such choices yet.

A: Quite frequently, a member of our editorial team will request a revision from an author.

A: For me, first and foremost is the story. The person can never have published a story in their life, and if it blows my socks off, I will publish it. As for the stories that aren't as sock-blowing but are still very good, I sometimes evaluate a piece based on the person's experience. If they've been published in well-known publications, then they might be chosen over someone who has never been published before. But note that I say "might". I also never pick a story based on demographics--Tell-Tale Press will always be all-inclusive to all races, sexes, genders, religions, and the like. In the end, story matters over everything else.

A: Review of previously published works, if available online.

A: At Zimbell House and its imprints, our acquisitions team evaluates several areas individually before a piece is accepted. Character development, the story arc, dialog, author voice, etc.

A: As a woman and ethnic minority in Singapore, I created The Tiger Moth Review with specific objectives in mind, one of which was to create a space for diverse voices to engage with nature, culture, the environment and ecology. Hence, while the quality of submissions take precedence, I do pay attention to representation in terms of each submitter's place of origin/ residence and their identity markers (gender, ethnicity, class, etc.) so that each issue, I create spaces for a range of voices with intention and purpose, with the goal to include and diversify.