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Our readers are just racing along through the current submissions this period, and we are already finding a lot of material that we want to send to the Editorial Collective for further discussion. I’m sending out preliminary notices a little early this year, so here are some things to consider if you receive a “held” message.

Once a held submission is discussed (any time between January and April), you may receive any of the following responses: Revise and Resubmit, Conditional AcceptanceAcceptance, and Decline. Here’s how to unpack that:

  • If you receive feedback that encourages you to “revise and resubmit” a piece, it is because the editors believe that small or substantial changes would make it a good fit for CALYX, but that it isn’t right for CALYX in its current form. If you do choose to revise and resubmit, please take the suggestions seriously. If the suggested revisions are ignored, our editors will likely not select it again.
  • If you were held a previous year, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be held again. The decision process is a fluid, organic thing, which can be frustrating. If you received a “revise and resubmit” notice last year, efforts will be made to consider it in light of the changes that have been made.
  • If you receive a notice that declines your submission but encourages you to submit again, please note that such a suggestion is quite sincere. Anyone held for the final round has been positively considered by at least two readers, and even if you weren’t selected this round, we find your work compelling.
  • If you receive a conditional acceptance, there will be small changes required before we publish your piece. If you choose not to make those changes, you may withdraw the piece at any time.
  • If you receive an acceptance, please take note that we accept material for two issues during this period. The work accepted for this round will be published over two volumes (29:3 and 30:1) in 2017.
  • If you’re a poet, we may not be holding all of your poems. We allow up to six poems per submission, so it’s possible that we’ll hold and discuss as few as one or as many as all of them. If you’d like confirmation of which poems are held, you can always email me at editor@calyxpress.org.

This is just the first waves of notices, so remember to keep submitting! We’re open until December 31, and we’ll be reading and responding steadily through March.