Our Editorial Process

One thing we notice about many publications is that the moment you hit the send button, you have no idea where your story went or what happened to it.  Even when you get that acceptance or rejection letter, you rarely know how it happened.  At Plasma Frequency vow to be a little different about things. With the use of Submittable, we will let you know when your story moves on in the process via the "note" function. Here is the typical path a story takes through our "slush pile."

Step 1:  The story arrives in our system and is automatically assigned to one of our first read editors. Stories are read in the order they arrive. If our editors think the story might work for our magazine they send it to the second step. If they do not think it will work, they send out the rejection letter. Roughly 10%-15% of our submissions make it to step 2.*

Step 2: Next our second read editors gets the story. They read it and more closely check over the manuscript. Besides looking at the story, they are also looking to see if the story will work for our publication. Roughly 8%-10% of our total submissions make it to step 3.* 

Step 3:  The Editor-in-Chief gets the final say on publication.  He will read your story and give the final approval or denial.  If he rejects the story, he will write to you personally. Roughly 4% of our total submissions are accepted and move on to step 4.*

Step 4:  If you get past the first three steps, you will get an acceptance letter.  The acceptance letter will let you know that we want to publish your story.  If you still wish to have us publish your story, then we will put together the contract.  We will also discuss which issue you will be in, and work out any details.

Step 5: You get published in an issue of Plasma Frequency Magazine

Note:  We do reserve the right to edit this process. However, this is the typical path a story takes on the way to publication.

*Percentages are estimates. Don't be discouraged by these numbers, these are the facts of writing. We simply get more submissions then we can fit in each issue.