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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 1,600 editors.
Q: What is the best advice you can give people who are considering submitting work to your publication?
A: Read, read read and follow the guidelines before submitting work anywhere.
A: Ensure you have read our submission guidelines and write a great story.
A: Read our previous issue and follow our submission guidelines carefully. Submit work that is crafted and reads well aloud and on the page. Know that we feel honored to receive and consider your work, but expect that you are sending us the best you have to offer.
A: Be bold, take a risk, but also be relevant. Make me laugh or cry until my ribs hurt. Have an authentic voice, and give us your best.
A: Be original. If your heart is broken don’t break mine by submitting unoriginal material.
A: Have courage. Send in your best work. Nothing is more appealing to us than authenticity.
Worried it isn't good enough, or that it might not be a perfect fit? Send it in. We're interested in being a part of your creative journey. Whether we select your work for publication or not, EVERYONE receives detailed feedback for EACH story/art piece sent in. Real writers and artists want to grow, and we want to help them.
Not a Christian, but feel your work is a great fit for us? Please send it in. While we are a “Christian” magazine, we look for the spiritual tones in all submissions we receive. Above all, we’re interested in quality work.
Side note: Reading our submission guidelines and following directions will work in your favor. Always.
A: Read what we have published in a few recent issues to get a feel for our current style, and check our index for articles on your topic or author. We have a vast archive of fifty years of scholarship to explore!
A: Write with purpose and daring. Revise not just to polish the work, but to make it mirror back your voice and vision, in a way we haven't seen before, and maybe you haven't either -- in other words, amplify the daring of the early drafts.
A: Do you research thoroughly, and have the articles checked by a native speaker before submitting
A: If you're not sure your poem or story or creative nonfiction piece fits within that "Peauxdunque" mission and vibe, err on the side of sending it to us. You can't imagine the joy in the editorial meeting room as we fight and scrap over whether and how a particular piece advances that mission. Send us your best work, and then let your work to the job of wooing us. We prefer passion and heart over something overtly clever (but at the same time we love to see a piece trash the conventions and still work).
A: Accomplished, adventurous artists are invited to submit well-seen, well-made images in portfolios that hangs together, follow our guidelines exactly, and contribute to the positive momentum of the magazine. Since we only publish eleven issues per year, we must turn away brilliant, feature-worthy work in every submission cycle.
A: Read the journal, of course! Read the submission guidelines on the inside back cover. If you read these, you'll know we are looking for a particular type of nonfiction--we are really-really starved for experimental forms, for graphic essays, for essays rather than memoirs. We look for essays that take up a subject to explore, to dig deeper, to reflect, and then explore some more. Patrick Madden's "Spit," which we published a couple of years ago and which was named by that year's Best American Essays as a Notable, is a great example.