Olentangy Review publishes poetry, short fiction, prose, essays and visual arts like cartoons, photography, graphic design and video. Learn more here.
SQF: What are the top three things you look for in a submission and why?
Olentangy Review: A sense of engagement with the subject matter—a good sense of humor, beauty, intelligence.
SQF: What common mistakes do you encounter that turn you off to a submission?
OR: A sense of entitlement, a list of accomplishments, unfinished work.
SQF: Will you publish a submission an author posted on a personal blog?
SQF: What do you want authors to know about the submissions you reject and how authors should respond? Along this same idea, do you mind if authors reply with polite questions about the comments they receive?
OR: We thoughtfully consider every submission, discuss it thoroughly and only accept work we unanimously agree on. We would be willing to answer any questions regarding the work we reject.
SQF: What is the best part of being an editor?
OR: Seeing the creativity of the world. Creating a connection between the artist and our audience.
SQF: What one question on this topic do you wish I'd asked that I didn't? And how would you answer it?
OR: What constitutes good writing? Good writing is original, it does not mimic or name drop. Good writing is honest, it doesn't rely on tricks. It lets you feel, it doesn't force you to feel.
Thank you, Darryl and Melissa. We all appreciate you taking time from your busy schedule to participate in this project.
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