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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.