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Q: What is the best advice you can give people who are considering submitting work to your publication?

A: Don't apologize for your work, and don't be afraid to follow up from time to time. The work of making a book is a very different process from the creation of the work, so we're not always communicating on the same frequency or wavelength. Ask questions. Tell us what you hope for, what you envision, and what you want. Writers who follow up and follow through help us to help them bring their book into the world.

A: The guidelines for what to do and how to submit are on the LRP site, so definitely check that for the specifics of when and how to submit. Deeper than that, it doesn't matter if you've written before or not, if it's good writing, it stands on it's own.

A: Read previous issues.

A: Read the work already published on the site and feel free to query us if you're uncertain whether a piece suits our guidelines. (For example, we don't publish straightforward scholarly essays on eco topics, but are open to hybrid work with a scholarly underpinning!)

A: Just submit! We love authentic works that showcase a variety of different styles and personalities.

A: Please read ALL the guidelines before even putting pen to paper! Find out WHY I only accept 5-7-5 haiku on the About Page. And if you read the Composing, Selection, Submission Email and Submit Pages, you will gain an understanding of the kind of haiku I enjoy. Better still, once you've read all the guidelines, take half an hour or so to peruse the two most recent themes to discover the kind of haiku that resonates with me.

Freya Pickard, Curator of Pure Haiku, 11 September 2022

A: Read previous issues to get an idea of what we publish.

A: Read our guidelines. They're not weird or stringent but they're important. We don't want to disqualify submissions for avoidable things, like sending a 2,000 word story to a flash contest.
Read our magazine for a sense of our aesthetic, but also know that we're constantly looking for something we've never seen before.

A: As much as we love innovation and experimentation, at the end of the day, we want something that resonates. Sometimes, you can risk losing the heart at the expense of experimenting. Don't lose the heart, the why of the piece.

A: Understand what the publication is about—read a few issues, get an idea of what our aims are as a magazine. Then, tell us a story that is personal to you, and that is unique—we receive a lot of pitches along the lines of, "Reading has been my life since I was a child, and I love to read. I am who I am because of books." And that's awesome and we love to hear it, but it's not a story that is unique to you. We want to know the story that only you can tell. Pitch using your own voice, tell us why our readers would connect with your story, and be authentic and open. Try to tell a story that has a narrative, rather than being just a love song to books (which, again, is great—but we want our readers to be pulled through your story by a narrative thread).

Gemma Peckham, Editor-in-Chief of Oh Reader, 04 September 2022

A: Read the submission guidelines carefully. They are extensive and designed to help you present your poems in the best light.

A: Please pay attention to the anthology theme and instructions. I tend to shy away from takes that are too modern, gory, or explicitly sexual.
I want fresh takes on Poe's works while still feeling his spirit shine through your words.