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Here is a small sampling from our recent Editor Interviews. We have interviewed over 1,875 editors.

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

A: We're always happy to consider review, interview and fiction proposals, but are a no-income not-for-profit and cannot pay a fee.

Mark Reynolds, Editor of Bookanista, 03 March 2021

A: Pay attention to what we say we are asking for!

Leann Denman, Editor-in-chief of BOMBFIRE, 02 March 2021

A: Never give up. We do not reject any submissions, if they are not published in a forthcoming issue they are held over for possible inclusion in the future.

A: Read our submission guidelines and do a search on our site to ensure we haven't published an article similar to one you plan to pitch.

Richard Eisenberg, Managing Editor of Next Avenue, 28 February 2021

A: In the cover letter, we love to hear how people found us and what they like about the magazine. We appreciate when folks follow the guidelines. Sometimes it's really difficult to decline a submission that we admire but that doesn't fit the issue for whatever reason, so if we ask you to send again, know that we mean it. We tend not to publish experimental writing, though we would never rule it out.

A: Please read our guidelines closely before reaching out:
And before submitting article ideas, please remember that our main focus is to improve mom wellbeing.

A: Read the guidelines. Recently we held a prose competition and received a lot of poetry. While the work might have been exemplary, there simply wasn't time to read it as we were focused on prose.

A: Just be real and share your story about motherhood and being a mom - whether you're a teen mom, a first time mom, a grandmom, a middle-aged mom, a working mom, as sty-at-home mom. We don't accept material that attempts to direct or tell other moms how to parent and no politics. And PLEASE, proofread your work before submitting.

Darlene Pistocchi, Editor-in-cheif of ScreaminMamas, 20 February 2021

A: Create a readable experience and story told from an honest place. I am one of those people who has a hard time expressing my reality through verbal communication. For me, reading laboriously involves looking for that raw, authentic communication I lack in myself and possibly numerous other readers.

A: We are open to new writers and happy to give them a go. We can give editing advice to those who need it.

A: First, read our latest stuff. While we had an idea of what we wanted early on, there's been some subtle evolutions. We've identified the stories we feel resonate best with our audience, so we have an understanding of what we want. It's also a good way to learn about characters and places around San Cicaro, so you can introduce references yourself.
Two? Don't be afraid to write outside your comfort zone. Many writers decide on one approach and stick with it, but that gets stale or cliché before long. If you do nothing but third person perspective, try first. If you write mostly male characters, give us a female protagonist. If you do a lot of middle-to-upper class folks, try making something from the view of a working man. We're always impressed with research.
Finally, be open to suggestions to improve. Many submissions get rejected because the authors want to "make a series" out of their stories. While we're open to that idea, they usually intend to develop huge swathes of our city. They're asking for too much control, more than we can give and maintain the setting.

A: SAND receives thousands of submissions each year, and we are highly selective. We only publish 1-2% of the submissions we receive. Therefore, submitters should be sure that their work is a fit for SAND. Read SAND and see what we've published recently, or click on the links in our call for submissions and read about what our current editors are looking for. Follow our social media and check out our YouTube channel to see what we’ve previously published. It'll give you an idea of the style of writing we're choosing but also show you where you can knock our socks off with something different and unusual.