Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Six Questions for Raquel D. Bailey, Founding Editor, Lyrical Passion Poetry E-Zine

Lyrical Passion Poetry E-Zine publishes Japanese short form poetry, prose poetry, free verse, rhyming poetry, and micro-fiction. Read the complete guidelines here.

SQF: What are the top three things you look for in a story and why?

  1. evocative, unique, refreshing, strong, emotional voice.
  2. thoughtful use of stylistic devices, e.g. alliteration, rhyme, punctuation.
  3. brevity.

SQF: . What are the top three reasons a story is rejected, other than not fitting into your answers to the above question and why?

  1. not reading the guidelines.
  2. misspelled words, sloppy submissions.
  3. writing that is trite, offensive, too dark or just not what we are looking for.

SQF: What other common mistakes do you encounter that turn you off to a story?

RD: When someone sends work in another language with no translation, which shows that they did not read the guidelines.

SQF: Do you provide comments when you reject a story?

RD: Seldom. I  provide feedback if I see potential in a piece of work and if writers seem receptive to constructive criticism.

SQF: Based on your experience as an editor, what have you learned about writing?

RD: Everyone has something to say, and it is my job to choose what I feel is a good representation of each and every writer and what I admire most about them (their writing).

SQF: What one question on this topic do you wish I'd asked that I didn't? And how would you answer it?

RD: Why is it so difficult to get writing published?

The publishing industry is ever-changing and every publication is looking for fantastic work, not just good work. That's why it's difficult to get published. Lyrical Passion Poetry E-Zine welcomes and publishes serious writers. Writers should study their genre of interest to perfect their craft and/or enter contests to see how they rank against other writers and win a modest amount of money in the process (for 1 haiku). Be more proactive about your literary success.

Thank you, Raquel. We all appreciate you taking time from your busy schedule to participate in this project.

NEXT POST: 10/8--Six Questions for Gineve Rudolph and Cat Spydell, Editors, Mischievous Muse Press

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