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.

 

Who We Are

Who We Are

 

Oklahoma Pagan Quarterly is a small group of independent artists and writers.  We’re not backed by a corporation. We don’t plan on making profit, and any profit we do make we want to turn back around and give to our contributors or use to make sure more issues of OPQ are released. Our experience and our gift to the community is providing a literary legacy for those who want to have their voices heard from a traditionally under-represented community.

OPQ intends on being two sides: an online website dedicated to being a bulletin board for the community, and a print publication stocked in stores for those who would be interested in something physical, something to cherish, and something that, hopefully, can withstand the test of time.

Call us sentimental. The age of ebooks has drawn upon us, but let’s be clear here.  Ebooks are sloppy and messy. Depending on your ebook viewer, they can be formatted in a million different ways.  OPQ wants to make something lasting—something you can be proud to show off when you show someone your work in it.

Our eventual goal is to become a platform for new and aspiring creators, writers, and members of our community.  As we pick up steam—as we grow as an organization, we want to ensure that we give back to our authors. Since this is funded directly out of pocket of those starting the magazine, right now our prize for acceptance is a paper contributor’s copy. (If the contributor wishes for a digital copy, that can be arranged as well.)  All we can do as creators is offer something tangible, and, if the Universe wills it and we grow stronger as a publication and platform, we can start offering payment towards our contributors.

Submissions for our Spring 2018 edition are now open, but the deadline is drawing closer and closer. Make sure you send us your submissions on time!