The Virginia Quarterly Review has admitted what many of us magazine freelancers have long suspected: the slush pile is better than editors think.
This was supposed to be a blog entry about how authors submit poetry to us covering clichéd topics that there’s just no way we’re going to print. But then I did the math, calculating the percentage of our submissions and published work that contain any of a dozen mainstays of poetic terminology, and found that precisely the opposite is true.
See here for a numerical breakdown.
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