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Thereâ€™s this common misconception that the world of editing (in the sense of submitting your story to a magazine or contest) is an absolute puzzle constantly being shifted around by angry and jaded editors. In classes, writing groups, and even among non-writers, I hear it repeated that you have to have this unknowable combination of luck and talent to land a spot in a magazine, and it isnâ€™t worth trying or learning. You got it or you donâ€™t.
But that type of thinking leaves most people without it.
I want to say that in my years as a reader, judge, and developmental editor none of that is true. Especially about editors. Weâ€™re not shadowed goblins lying in wait to crush every writersâ€™ dream. The reason we got into this line of work is because we want to hear a good story, a new story. We want to be entertained.