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Editor Interviews

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

A: Three first readers review submissions in each genre, and then those pieces are passed along to the final genre editor. Finally, as executive editor, I review all work before acceptances are made.

Philip Memmer, Executive Editor of Stone Canoe, 13 August 2020

A: I extend a preliminary acceptance then I send them to a volunteer editor who has a fresh eye and brain before I issue a final acceptance.

A: The pieces that are most liked by readers and genre editors are then assigned to other editors and readers, casting a wider net for input. The most liked from that pool are then discussed in a decision meeting, in which editors and readers talk out their reader responses and opinions so to find the best work for publication.

Melissa Wade, Editor-in-chief of phoebe, 07 August 2020

A: There is no set criteria for work that's accepted. Instead, I choose pieces that feel aligned with our mission. I definitely prefer shorter pieces because I think people are more likely to read them, and that's the whole point.

A: A check of facts, links, and resources. I will not publish anything that relies on questionable source material or makes claims that I cannot verify.

A: The piece will go through multiple board member reads. Our editorial board is so unique in that it is shared between three undergraduate universities across the country and our members are extremely diverse; from Biochemistry majors to Classics to Engish majors. This diversity in board members allows the work to be approached from multiple perspectives from experienced close readers to those who might just enjoy picking up a copy of the Foundationalist for a rainy day.

A: My webmaster and I review all published stories and also we send the author a preview to check before it is published. We work at least 30 days ahead.

A: If the poem can be viewed as offensive to any race, religion, political group, or gender, it is not accepted.
We prefer poems that help the reader to think in a new way, to be challenged, or to become aware of something new.
We value compassion, humor, and/or thought-provoking poems.

A: We have a three-tier system. In the first round, we assign yes, no, or maybe. In the second round, we take another look at the maybes, and make a yes or no decision. Finally, we look at the yesses, and weed out any that don't belong.

A: Initially I send all pieces to my 3 associates editors for a quick yes or no, or "needs editing." I make the final judgment based on their evaluations and my own. We sometimes will work with a writer to edit their piece and then accept it.

A: First, each genre editor decides which work they like best. Then, the editors decide collectively which work is fit for publication.

A: We look at what a piece is literally about (to make sure it fits with our mission to discuss sexual violence and survivors), what the piece did well, and where we have hesitations. We then make a final evaluation as to whether we think the piece would be a good fit for The Nightingale.