R290. Best of Luck Publishing This Elsewhere: Editors on Rejecting

B110-112, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


There are a lot of reasons an editor might reject a given piece. But are there categorical “sins” that get work rejected? Is there anything writers can do to improve their odds of getting published? Is it detrimental to even think of publishing as a numbers game? Five editors discuss the aesthetic, qualitative, and ethical considerations involved in rejecting poetry, prose, and manuscripts.



Bryce Emley is Poetry Editor of Raleigh Review and works in marketing at the University of New Mexico Press. His poetry, essays, and fiction appear widely, and he is the author of the prose chapbook Smoke & Glass.

Felicia Zamora authored the books Of Form & Gather& in Open, Marvel and Instrument of Gaps. Winner of the 2015 Tomaž Šalamun Prize, she published two chapbooks, and she was the 2017 Poet Laureate of Fort Collins, Colorado, and is associate poetry editor for Colorado Review.

Ross White is the director of the Durham, North Carolina-based Bull City Press. He teaches creative writing at University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, edits Four Way Review, and is the administrative director of the Frost Place Conference on Poetry. He is the author of two chapbooks from Unicorn Press.

Yi Shun Lai has written for publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times to Bustle. She edits prose at, and is co-owner of, the Tahoma Literary Review. She is a graduate of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts MFA program and teaches creative writing at the University of La Verne.

Eilis O'Neal is Editor-in-Chief of Nimrod International Journal and the author of the young adult fantasy novel The False Princess. She has served as Nimrod's Editor for six years; prior to being named Editor, she served as Nimrod's Managing Editor for eleven years.


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