Dear readers and writers,
I’m the guy who gets the final vote on what you send to Scribes*MICRO*Fiction. Very possibly a mistake on the part of the other editors, but here’s a thumbnail description about who’s giving your words a last read.
I’ve been published a lot. Not always glowingly, but a lot. Over three hundred stories, poems, essays, and six books. Counting reprints, around seven hundred publication credits.
My fiction writing sputtered to life when I was sixty-seven, and poetry began oozing out at seventy-one. I've been rejected far more often than I've been accepted, and I encourage you, regardless of age, to submit to us and elsewhere until people say “yes.”
So, when your poem or story drops into my file, there’s a reasonable basis for evaluation. But not to fear. We encourage new writers, and even if we decline a piece, we’re apt to offer suggestions. We like both dense literary items and horror, but among my many biases is that writers write for readers and not just for themselves. If I don’t understand it, many of our readers won’t either, so lead me gently through a complex poem.
There’s no money involved, but if you are published with us, you get serious credit for being succinct and interesting. Starting in February, our issues will feature an interview highlighting one special contributor for each month.
I hope to see your stuff.
P.S. This is twice as long as what you need to submit.