First of all, thank you to all the poets and writers who have submitted their works to proseandrhyme.com. It’s scary to put your work out there for the all the world to see. As you can imagine, the fun part of being an editor is getting to read all the wonderful short stories and poems that are submitted. The not so fun part is making suggestions to new writers and poets. The most challenging task has been to evaluate and re-evaluate my role as editor editor—as well as the purpose of the magazine.
Ideally, I like to do as little editing as possible. So what do you do with a heart-felt work that moves you or a fun work that delights you but it contains a few spelling or grammatical errors? As the editor of proseandryhyme.com, I usually spend time with it. Our mission is to discover new writers and poets—above all else. At the same time, I want the readers of the site to enjoy the works they read. And I want proseandrhyme.com to be a magazine that you can be proud to be published in.
As a creative writing major myself, I know what it is like to have your work work-shopped and graded. It’s difficult. One way to look at it is that our writing is a lot like the movies. One person loves a movie and another person hates it. Someone else is bored while someone else screams. That’s the wonderful thing about writing and movies. It takes all kinds. Recently, I was reading a popular novel that was made into a popular tv show, and what did I see? Comma splices!!!
Truly, the purpose and mission of proseandrhyme.com is discover new writers and poets. Over the last couple of months, I have spent a lot of time responding to submissions and making editorial suggestions. Very few authors are published as is. . . anywhere. So if you receive an email from us, please respond. It could be that your comma splices are intended. . . and they are part of your style like the ones in that popular novel/tv show. If you receive an email from us, it doesn’t mean you won’t be published. It just means we need to communicate about your work, and most of all—it means we like your work.
Again, thank you for all your submissions. We have had several writers and poets that have been published more than once. If you discover a new writer or poet that you enjoy, please comment on their work and let them know.
We want to discover new poets and writers. We hope you will be one.
Laurie Boykin, editor
Prose and Rhyme