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Read all the editors' answers to Duotrope's interview question: What is the best advice you can give people who are considering submitting work to your publication? Learn more.
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Q: What is the best advice you can give people who are considering submitting work to your publication?
A: Pay attention to Submission guidelines! We publish three times a year, and welcome both emerging and experienced writers from around the world.
A: Follow the guidelines. Read previous issues. Don't be afraid to take a risk, in content, in structure. Be mindful of the fact that we're seeking quality work and a diverse range of underrepresented and/or marginalized voices and experiences.
A: Don't feel the need to contain your work to what the market thinks of as "women's topics." Women's topics are anything that women choose to write about! We receive a lot of work on Persephone, menstruation, breast cancer, caretaking, abortion, and childbirth, and we love them, but we are interested in receiving the full of gamut of work by women, not just the niche that people think of when they imagine "women's issues."
A: Write, redraft, proofread. If you are not a native speaker, take extra time to proofread.
Don't try to be original when it comes to formatting the piece.
Read the guidelines.
A: People should make an effort to read the guidelines on the journal's webpage... and do their best to follow them. I ask contributors not to list their credentials, awards, and publication credits. Instead, they should present a short bio, including their jobs and reasons why they'd wish to send poems, essays, and art to a journal devoted to art and literary dissidence. Ideally, they'd send a Curriculum Mortae, as opposed to a Curriculum Vitae, like the one presented on the journal's website.
A: Send your strongest poems, don't think because of our name/design we're only interested in eco poetry, follow the submissions guidelines - it makes my job much easier!
A: Send us your best work. If we feel it’s just a few tweaks short we’ll say so; feedback and/or rejection may mean its best form and publisher are to come.
But also remember there isn’t always a quick fix: the 'back burner' is a great editor.
A: Read our volumes and send us whatever is in your heart right now.
A: I love work that shows the perspective of struggles. I want our readers to read about struggles they didn't even knew existed. To see art that changes how they look at issues.
A: We want work engaging Christian theology and the Christian life. This doesn't mean that every piece must be theological, but it should in some way interact with the Christian life, i.e., the trials and triumphs of daily life with God.
A: Our advice is likely the most common: read our journal to get a feel for what we like and carefully follow our submission guidelines. I'll add that it's worth taking a chance on us. More than once, we've been the first publication for an author. We read blind and without genre, so the work stands on its own. If we love it, we accept it.
A: Just try as you never know what the outcome will be. A submission we might accept to one issue might not be accepted to another because it's about the theme, the other chosen pieces, and how someone’s writing resonates at one moment versus another. Also, a rejection does not mean what was written is bad; it just means it wasn’t a fit at that time. I’ve had people submit the same poem more than once with us accepting it after the second or third time. If you want to write, write. Never let someone stop you.