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  1. sorites

    sorites Senior Member

    Dec 1, 2008
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    How does your slush-reading process work?

    Discussion in 'Publishing' started by sorites, Dec 30, 2008.

    While browsing the Internets late at night, I found this interesting read:


    About half-way down, in the FAQ, the editor answers the question, "How does your slush-reading process work?" Talk about natural selection.
  2. TWErvin2

    TWErvin2 Contributing Member Contributor

    Nov 30, 2006
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    Ohio, USA
    From experience, I can tell you that reading slush, while often interesting, is a never-ending task. It continually shows up in the 'in box' and editors/slush readers are almost never caught up...and if they are, within hours you're likely behind again. Competition for publication, even with smaller ezines is pretty stiff.

    Each ezine/magazine/publisher devises a method that works to meet their needs as efficiently and 'fairly' as possible. Nobody wants to let a good story slip by.

    A few suggestions (which I'm sure many have heard before--probably for a reason ;) ) :

    Read the guidelines and what the market is looking for. Format as per guidelines. Cover letter--keep it relevant and brief. If provided, accept the comments professionally, even if you (the writer) don't agree with them.

  3. Daedalus

    Daedalus Active Member

    Jun 11, 2008
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    South Armagh, Ireland.
    I read the first page or two. If there are mistakes galore, or the story doesn't ring with me, I put it rejection folder number one. Then, another editor comes along and reads it. If s/he doesn't like it, it goes in folder two. If it goes into folder three, it's scrapped and the author is told that it wasn't up to the standard required.

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