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So You Want To Be A Poetry Editor
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hooks_and_books From: hooks_and_books Date: March 7th, 2011 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Vision...

One thing that I think a lot of editors lack, that you touch upon in number 6 but probably could be stated more directly, is a vision for their magazine or journal. A lot of editors start with the idea of creating a magazine, better than all the rest, that will totally change the world and the literary scene forever, but don't have a clear vision of what that means. This makes for a weak guidelines, sloppy and random choices, and disconnected collections. Editors with clear vision--Goblin Fruit, Longshot, Cabinet des Fees, Stone Telling, etc.--create concise, well wrought issues of solid poetry throughout. Those without a clear vision tend to create inconsistent journals that are less pleasurable to read.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 7th, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Vision...

Yes, that's true. Having a clear vision is vitally important. Ideally, that should come from the editor, although sometimes it is predetermined by the publisher. In any case, it is the editor's job to create a visible target, and the writer's job to hit that target with submitted manuscripts. A vague or hidden target reduces the writer's options to "spray and pray," which is not good for anyone.
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