Friday, October 23, 2015

Six Questions for LeeAnn Rhoden and A. Marie Silver, Editors, Pilcrow & Dagger

Pilcrow and Dagger publishes short stories and essays to 5000 words, and poetry. Issues are themed but we will accept submissions that are unrelated to the theme. Read the complete guidelines here.

SQF: Why did you start this magazine?

P&D: We wanted to do something that would help support writers.  Our magazine is one small way we do that.  The other way is through our blog where we provide free resources to help writers with their projects.

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


  1. Compelling story or poem first.
  2. Theme related second.
  3. Well written and edited and following the submission guidelines.

SQF: What most often turns you off to a submission?

P&D: Poor editing and an ending that doesn’t fit with the story. And failure to follow submission guidelines.

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

P&D: No, however we do notify all the authors regarding the status of their submissions through email.

SQF: If Pilcrow & Dagger had a theme song, what would it be and why?

P&D: Marie likes The Fighter by Gym Class Heroes.  The publishing industry can be a real beast for writers trying to get their stories read and develop an audience.  This song talks about never giving up no matter what anyone else thinks of you.  LeeAnn and I are not only editors but also writers trying to get our stories read.  We’re never going to give up no matter how many times we’re rejected and we hope writers everywhere keep fighting for their audience.

LeeAnn likes My Way by Frank Sinatra because she believes if you want something done right you have to do it yourself no matter what the naysayers think. Which is basically the same thing; LeeAnn is just old.

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

P&D: The question that could have been asked is about marketing - How do you market the magazine, or a novel, or a short story? How does your product, whatever that product may be, get noticed?

The answer is slowly and with lots of sweat. Writing and publishing is not the way to go if you don't go into it with passion and patience and a work ethic the size of Mt. Everest.

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

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