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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.
Here is a small sampling from our recent Editor Interviews. We have interviewed over 1,775 editors.
Q: What is the best advice you can give people who are considering submitting work to your publication?
A: Read a couple of issues, and enjoy the company.
A: As with any publisher, my best advice would be to please familiarize yourself with our content and submissions guidelines prior to submission.
A: It's said by every editor and publisher everywhere and I'm sure it's dismissed just as quickly - but don't dismiss it. Read a copy (or a sample copy) of our magazine - get an idea of the kinds of stories, poems, science articles we accept. A little preliminary research can never hurt. Second best advice is consider , does your story embody hope or positivity? If it does, you're on the right track and you should send it in.
A: Read a few stories from our site first, and make sure you've really interrogated and edited your piece so it's the best it can be.
A: Of course, read the guidelines, and get familiar with the journal. Don’t worry about
whether your submission is “religious” or not – but avoid work that would probably
be offensive to believers.
A: Write well and with honesty. We tend to like stuff that is weird, eccentric, sweet, funny, intellectual, outlandish, depressing, twisted, freaky, sentimental, gritty, gorgeous, struggling with complexity... Basically, don’t be afraid, and don’t forget to engage with smell and/or taste!
A: Please read an issue. Follow our guidelines. Our summer issue always has a theme. It will help if work relates to the theme in some way.
A: Read through multiple pieces from the same issue in our archive to understand how different contributors choose to interact with our stimuli. By doing this, you will attain a better idea of how to construct and link your own submission to future stimuli, as well as how liberal (thematically/formally) such links might be.
A: Please consider the geographic and cultural focus of the magazine. It’s always heartbreaking to have to turn away beautiful works because either the author or the work doesn’t pertain to our focus. As an author, you need not come from the region to publish with us, but the work must be an honest reflection or product of the region’s culture; simply setting a story in Portland that could be set anywhere does not suffice.
A: This is cliche, but maybe read the other stuff we have published to get an idea of what we like? The first anthology is sold everywhere, and the second book is coming out on March 31st, 2020. Our anthologies so far have contained a real big variety in writing styles and genres.
We're changing things up in the future, as one of our upcoming anthology projects is going to focus specifically on horror stories for an age demographic of 9-12-year-olds.
A: Listen to our podcast! Read the wikipedia entry for "The Trolley Problem." Then, ask yourself, is the thing I am submitting the kind of thing that can support a group of people talking for 30 minutes about the ethics of the choices the character is making? If that's not the case, we probably aren't a good fit for your story, even if it's the best story ever written.
A: Please read the Guidelines for Submission found on the website before sending your work. In the Guidelines, you'll find deadlines, themes, and limits that are important for each submission. I'd also get a copy of one of the issues, just to see what we've done.