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Here is a small sampling from our recent Editor Interviews. We have interviewed over 2,000 editors.

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

A: As we write on our submission page, we value erudition, cynicism, sarcasm, classicism, brutality, humor, and existential despair.

A: Follow the guidelines. Any work that doesn't follow the guidelines is deleted without being read.

A: Read the archived free back issues on our website. There's no better way to learn what kind of poetry we're likely to respond well to. Then surprise us. We're not necessarily looking for fireworks in a poem, but we want to see language that stands out, an image that hits home, or a unique perspective. Maybe all of the above.

A: Make sure your submission is on theme. We unfortunately reject a submission if we can't see a connection to our theme.

A: To look at a range of what we've previously published, to read our brief submission guidelines and to include a relevant personal photo or other image that goes with your piece.

James Bloom, Co-editor of Memoirist, 28 April 2022

A: Be real. Tell us a real story that really happened whether it be fiction or nonfiction and be authentic in how you responded. Let us know all the granular details so we can feel and see what you feel and see and don't prop it up with finishing touches. Leave it raw so we can experience it without embellishment.

A: With our first issue just launched, we can now give the classic “why not take a read?” answer to anyone curious! And please do…
But also, we simply love writing which is passionate about the visual arts – any art which inspires you to write about it, be it good, bad, or mediocre! – much more than we’re looking for a particular style or approach.

A: Read the submissions guidelines and send us stories that have a ton of tension.

A: Be yourself. Have confidence in your wild idea, funny characters, and spooky settings. Double-check punctuation and grammar, take out extra words, and submit!

A: Don't be afraid. Our review board is made up of experienced developmental educators—as is our editorial board—and all any of us want is to watch you grow and succeed as an author. If a peer review submission is rejected by our board, it always comes with in depth edits and explanations of areas where the article can be improved. We don't typically have those horrible "Reviewer 2" type moments that are so popular to talk about, and that's because of how carefully we cultivated our experts.
And for those wanting to submit non-peer reviewed work, it's really the same advice. If a practice is good enough for your classroom, you likely think it would be good enough for other classrooms, right? That makes it worth sharing. We really enjoy including practitioner and graduate student voices in our journal because your input is valuable.

A: Dare to make hitting the SUBMIT button an act of soul retrieval and social justice; however you define fear use its powerful alchemy to send LEJ material that transforms those who interact with your submission.

A: Be sure that the work you submit is not in any way at risk of accusations of plagiarism.