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SQF: Why did you start this magazine?
COM: Crossed Out Magazine is our effort to promote independent literature in an accessible, free of cost, and DIY, format.
SQF: What are the top three things you look for in a submission and why?
1. We're snapped up by the story immediately.
2. Social/political/environmental themes.
3. Shows more than tells us things, ideas, philosophies.
SQF: What common mistakes do you encounter that turn you off to a submission?
COM: We don't encounter "mistakes," maybe. We receive many stories that we'd like to publish, but our budget is too small. We publish possibly 1-3% of the submissions we receive.
SQF: Do you provide comments when you reject a submission?
COM: We reply to as many submissions as possible with comments. Possibly 25%. It varies.
SQF: Based on your experience as an editor, what have you learned about writing?
COM: There are more writers actively submitting short stories than I imagined.
SQF: What one question on this topic do you wish I'd asked that I didn't? And how would you answer it?
COM: "How important is biographical information/do you require it?" Not important and no. Long biographies are generally skipped over. Possibly 90% of the time.
Thank you, Jack and Ana. We all appreciate you taking time from your busy schedule to participate in this project.
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