FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
MANUSCRIPT QUESTIONS

Q: WHEN WILL I RECEIVE A REPLY TO MY MANUSCRIPT?
A: We try to reply within six months, but this is not always possible. You should allow at least six months before sending a letter of inquiry about the status of your manuscript.

Q: CAN I SUBMIT MY MANUSCRIPT ELSEWHERE?
A: Publication of your manuscript elsewhere does not disqualify it for publication in WordWrights. You should check with your other publisher(s) about their policies on simultaneous submissions. WordWrights allows simultaneous submissions, even simultaneous publication, but not all literary magazines and journals share this policy.

Q: WHY DOES IT TAKE SIX MONTHS TO REPLY?
A: The publisher and editors of WordWrights all work full-time jobs (40 hours or more per week) and therefore are able to work on WordWrights in their spare time only. Everyone who works on WordWrights does so on a volunteer basis, with no pay. The only people at WordWrights who get paid are the authors of manuscripts accepted and published in the magazine.

Q: WILL I RECEIVE EDITORIAL COMMENTS ON MY MANUSCRIPT?
A: Usually not. We use a form letter when returning unaccepted manuscripts. There are a few broad categories on the form letter that an editor may check off to indicate, in general terms, that editor�s evaluation of the returned manuscript. Since we charge a reading fee, we feel obligated to give some indication of how close (or how far away) a manuscript came to publication. Manuscripts judged "Excellent" will be published in the earliest available issue. Manuscripts deemed "Very Good" will be returned with a fee-waiver for the author's next submission.


THE ARGONNE HOUSE PRESS
The Argonne House Press was established in 1993, with the publication of two chapbooks of mine: CRAZY SHOTGUN GUY and CONCRETE SUN. When I began publishing WordWrights magazine in 1995, I expanded the chapbook series with more of my own chapbooks, and with books by other poets who had been published in WordWrights. In 2001, the Argonne House Books imprint began publishing full-length books. Books and chapbooks are available from various online booksellers, select independent bookstores around the USA, and direct from the Argonne House Press, 1620 Argonne Place NW, Washington, DC 20009.

For a list of available books and chapbooks.


WORDWRIGHTS MAGAZINE
From 1995 through 2002, WordWrights was a nationally distributed magazine of poetry and prose, available at hundreds of independent bookstores nationwide, and at most major bookchains. HOWEVER, beginning with issue #29 (October, 2003), national newsstand distribution was discontinued and WordWrights became available ONLY BY SUBSCRIPTION.

Each issue is 8.5 X 11" and 32 pages long. Cover price is $5.95 US, $8.95 Canada. Samples of recent issues are available on request from The Argonne House Press, 1620 Argonne Place NW, Washington, DC 20009. Sample copies and subscriptions may also be requested by email (publisher@wordwrights.net). Retailers can order copies direct from Argonne House Press by calling 202-328-9769.


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