Putting on Our Editors’ Hats

I submitted work seventeen times to The Georgia Review before any was accepted. This makes me think that often we stop too soon, just when an editor is finally getting used to the voice or the style, just before an editor is sure that you have staying power. . . . I’ve only met one person who has never received a rejection slip.


Every week, I spend many hours reading submissions for the Bellingham Review. I get as comfy as possible: a soft chair, a good view of our local, snow- and cloud-tipped volcano. I do this because reading submissions takes a lot of time. Like most editors-in-chief, I have several layers of pre-readers. Initial readers forward material that seems strong to my genre editors, ...

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