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

A: Read what we've published already -- hundreds of stories about flight.

A: Think laterally.

A: read material in back issues and submission guidelines so you know what we're looking for.

A: The same advice every publisher gives: read the submission guidelines. On Square Pegs you have the option to watch the guidelines video.

A: Must be original and never published (includes self- and internet- published). If you lose interest before re-reading your work at least 10 times, don't submit. Make certain that the work addresses all formatting and quality requirements. Finally, check our publisher website and see if (1) the quality of the work seems to "fit in" with our existing offerings in that genre; (2) you as a writer and prospective author "fit in" with our existing stable of experienced authors. Then submit the manuscript as a Manuscript Submission Package.

A: Read our mission, read our books, follow our submissions guidelines

Kristine Langley Mahler, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Split/Lip Press, 07 January 2020

A: Don't suck! LOL. I have that on the sub page and it is key. But more importantly is making sure the form is correct throughout, punctuation (if used) should be correct and consistent.
I like risk takers, writers that are not afraid to rip open their flesh and bleed on the page.
Dont pull any punches.

A: It's the same advice we'd give for any writer submitting to ANY journal: Read us! Buy a current or back issue, read what we've posted online, follow us on social media... you don't need to be published to become part of the RHINO community. Not only will you get to read some beautiful poetry, you'll gain an idea of what we're really looking for. We get thousands of submissions a year, and tailoring your submission can give you an edge in attracting the attention of our editors.

Jan Bottiglieri, Managing Editor of RHINO Poetry, 06 January 2020

A: We are focused on sharing work with positive themes and/or work from underrepesented voices. If you are considering submitting this type of work to Turnpike, send us something that excites you! And I'm sure we will be excited to review it as a team. (And as with any publication, please follow submission guidelines!)

A: Look at the submissions requirements.
Please make sure that your submission is professionally done: double-spaced, 12 pica, a synopsis, final word count, and what you, as the author, bring to the table in terms of marketing.

Katie Isbester, Editor-in-Chief of Claret Press, 06 January 2020

A: Read the magazine and our submissions guidelines. Read the submissions guidelines to ensure that you follow them to the letter (for instance: do not send us a story that is more than 10,000 words long when we specifically state that number in the guidelines; your story will be rejected without being read, wasting everybody's time). Read the magazine to see how the guidelines are actually put into practice.

A: Read the guidelines and read at least one of our issues. If you don't get a feel for us before you submit you risk not having your work included. There is no guarantee that you're be published if you do, but it helps to know more about us that way. If you've submitted and you weren't selected, make sure you read an issue before resubmitting. We want diverse voices but you might need to see that to know better what we mean.