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

A: Our magazine has no set lines of the content we are trying to publish. We are mostly looking for pieces that capture us and keep us thinking about it on our first read. We want it to haunt us in our dreams.

A: read the guidelines! beyond that, especially for poetry, give us more than one piece to consider. we know poems don't grow on trees but we geek out on poetry and like to see a submission packet that shows a poet's range.

A: For the press, we love strange and experimental works, but also works that deal with SFF tropes in new ways. For the magazine, we're seeking essays on any speculative genre from horror to fantasy to science fiction in books, movies, comics, and games.

A: Write something visceral that sings and I’ll find a room for it.

A: Just do it. Don't worry about rejection. It's hardly ever because work is "bad." Rejections for us happen because we only have so many spaces to fill. So when we have five open slots for grief stories and get 125 submissions, rejection is going to happen. But don't let that stop you from telling your story.

Julia Nusbaum, Editor-in-Chief/Founder of HerStry, 04 September 2021

A: Nothing is too weird or too experimental for us to consider for publication, and if your think it isn't weird enough, send it our way anyway.

A: It needs to be Sherlock Holmes. Please follow the submission guidelines carefully.

A: Adherence to submission guidelines excites us. Also, feel free to break the rules of your genre. We love such deviant suprises. Read your piece out loud to see if you catch glitches a first-time reader will see. Be unique in your style. We would love to hear your unique voice.

A: Don't overthink whether your manuscript is ready for us. We're open to unsolicited submissions one month out of the year, and tend to have a pretty hands-on editorial style, meaning we won't reject a manuscript out of hand just because it needs a little work. If it needs more than a little work, that's another story, but typos aren't the end of the world.

A: Read the guidelines closely — they matter.

Jessica Spruill Waggoner, Managing Editor of HeartWood, 19 August 2021

A: The best thing any potential contributor can do is listen to our archived shows. This will give you a sense of how to write a piece that will suit both radio and print.

A: Submit once every quarter if you can. The more you enter, the better your chance of winning. But only once per quarter.
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