Inspiration From The Distant Past

Inspiration From The Distant Past
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Owl Reads: True Confessions of a Slush Reader

Do you know what a slush reader is? I didn't but that is no surprise since I know next to nil about the publishing industry. For any fellow dunces out there, a slush reader is a person who weeds through a magazine's submission pile. 

Owl wrote an informative and humorous article about her job reading submissions for a memoir magazine. 

Owl Reads: True Confessions of a Slush Reader

You must read the article to find out how long Owl's vow of 'kindly slush reader' lasted. 

Due to the response Tracy's recent call to write received, I thought the writers amongst you might particularly enjoy reading about the 'almost piece' and the 'seven writing sins' that made poor Owl a hater. (She is a writer too so don't worry-- she isn't too harsh!) 

Enjoy!  And tell Owl that Lesa from Mrs. BG sent you over to visit!

Oh yes, please visit Slush Pile Hell too-- I just discovered it while researching slush reading. Such a hoot!


  1. Hey, Lesa, thanks for making me laugh! Those sites are both really funny. I think that some of the stuff on Slush Pie Hell was made even better through the help of a computer language translator.

    Take care,


  2. morning to do list:
    1) wish someone would bring me coffee
    2)accept that no one is going to bring me coffee
    3) go learn how not to annoy people who might be reading something i might write.

  3. Thanks for the shout-out!

    I love, love, love the slushpile site.

  4. Fellow dunce, here! I had no idea there was such a termn! first I thought it sounded rather insulting towards people who make submissions. But then, I recalled the times I've gone through reams of nonsense when putting together my college magazine, and figured that this was actually an appropriate term!! :D

    Am off to read the above mentioned blogs.:)

  5. Oregon Kathy: Glad you got a kick out of it!

    Owl: You are very welcome!

    Risa: Yay, we can start a dunce club!

  6. Lol! that should be interesting!=))


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