OPQ Needs Beta Readers!

Oklahoma Pagan Quarterly needs beta readers!  We need an additional critical eye to help us sort through the awesome submissions we’re getting.


What is a beta reader?

A beta reader is an early reader.  They are typically employed to review early drafts of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or prose.  At times they can function as slush pile readers, specifically in the case of magazine or anthology submissions.


What does being a beta reader mean?

The beta reading program is a non-paid position which allows the beta reader an inside look into the world of publishing. Ideal candidates have a strong background in reviewing fiction and non-fiction writing from a critical standpoint.  Ideal candidates will not simply say they do or don’t like something; they can understand and judge the boundaries or parameters of a specific magazine and its intended scope and determine whether or not a submission fits and, if it doesn’t, they can clearly elucidate in writing why it doesn’t fit.  Professional experience is not needed for this position.


What are the benefits of being a Beta Reader for OPQ?

You get experience working with a literary magazine, for one. For two, even though it’s an unpaid position, we do offer a free physical copy of each issue a beta reader assists with.


How do I sign up to be a beta reader for OPQ?

Simple!  Just send an email to opqsubmissions@gmail.com with the title ‘BETA READER APPLICATION’ in the subject field and include the following in the body of your email:

  • Your basic contact information, including name, email address, and phone number.
  • Your relevant editorial or creative experience (We would prefer a small CV detailing your work or hobby history)
  • A list of three of your favorite stories or articles, detailing why they’re your favorites
  • A list of magazines or anthologies that your favorite stories above wouldn’t fit into, with a short or long explanation on why they would or wouldn’t fit.


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