I am convinced that the answers to these questions are both simple and varied. I can try to explain how editors think, but I'm sure people will have a much deeper understanding of it if they try their hand at editing themselves. I can (and often do) tell people that what editors are looking for are pieces that resonate with them in some meaningful way, but this answer is never very satisfying to the querents, and it is much more profoundly felt if a person has the actual experience of accepting only a few pieces from a large pool. What makes an editor accept a piece is different each time, and from editor to editor.
I wanted to come up with a way to clearly illustrate these points to my students and to anyone else who happened upon their work. That's how the concept for Remixt was born. It's a grand experiment, and I'm very excited to see how Volume One turns out!
How it works:
*Send ONE (1) submission email containing up to THREE (3) poems.
*Use the subject line: SUBMISSION VOLUME 1: [author name].
*Paste the poems directly into the body of the email! No attachments, please!
*Cover letter is optional, but please include a short bio we may run with your poem if we choose it for publication.
*Send work only to us–no simultaneous submissions. We will respond to every submission for Volume One by the 25th of August, so you won’t be waiting too long, we promise!
*Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
*NINE (9) editors will review your work. Should any decide to accept it, you will be paid $5 for each time an editor accepts. This means if one (1) editor chooses your poem, you will receive $5, and if nine (9) editors accept your poem, you will receive $45. Each editor will publish three (3) poems in their personal issue of Remixt Volume One, so there are TWENTY-SEVEN (27) total possible slots.
*Payment is via PayPal. We are excited to consider submissions from anywhere in the world.
*There is no submission fee.
*We are buying the right to display your poem publicly for the first time. Please do not submit previously published (including on your personal blog) work. As soon as your poem appears in Remixt, you have the right to reprint it anywhere at any time.
What we want:
*Remixt Volume One is open to POETRY ONLY.
*We are happy to consider poetry (up to 100 lines) of all genres, including, literary, speculative, formal, rhymed, free verse, political, personal, comedic, and more!
*We are very interested in submissions from underrepresented and marginalized voices
Julia Rios is a writer, editor, podcaster, and narrator. Her fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have appeared in several places, including Daily Science Fiction, Apex Magazine, and Goblin Fruit. She was a fiction editor for Strange Horizons from 2012 to 2015, and is currently the poetry and reprints editor for Uncanny Magazine and co-editor with Alisa Krasnostein of Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories, and the Year's Best YA Speculative Fiction series. She is also a co-host of the Hugo-nominated podcast, The Skiffy and Fanty Show, a general discussion, interview, and movie review show. She has narrated stories for Podcastle, Pseudopod, and Cast of Wonders, and poems for the Strange Horizons podcast.