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How Does a Literary Journal Edit?

Tools of the trade

Ever wonder what's involved in the copy editing process at a literary Journal? Well, here at The Greensboro Review we put each accepted story and poem through a rigorous series of steps, reading and rereading poems and stories and marking up a 'New Master' copy of each piece. Stories and poems are read aloud and are checked for noticeable errors from the original copy submission and textual, or surface, errors. This process is repeated several times as we progress toward publication. Four different people copy edit each poem or story before a query letter is sent to the author for final say. The tools of our editing trade? The Chicago Manual of Style 15th edition and the American Heritage Dictionary 4th edition.