To the Mavguardians

I’ve now read all your submissions for Edition IV of Mavguard Magazine. I’ve even sent you your responses. And I have a few things I’d like to tell you, things you might not have realized about Mavguard Magazine.


1.      I read all your submissions myself.

I, and the other RAD Writing editors and Mavguard volunteers, read through everything. We’re not assigned a small set of the submissions list, we don’t skim through everything sent to us. No, we read all of it. Thoroughly and completely. And we read for more than just content, more than just style—we read for talent and interest.


2.      I write the responses myself

That email you got on Wednesday, saying whether or not you were accepted, that was written by me. Sure, they’re a little formulaic, but I write every word. In your rejections, I personally take the time to tell you why it was rejected, plus what was good and what needs work. In your acceptances, I’m the one cheering behind those words, hoping you’ll agree to let us publish you.


3.      I check the edits myself

Yeah, I also perform some of the edits, but we’re a team here. We all look through our set list of edits and complete any required or desired changes. But I’m the final eye that passes over your work. I’m the last one who’ll see it before it's sent to you. Our senior editor, Kristina, is the only one who might look at it after me—and that’s only if you have a problem or you’d like something changed.


4.     I design the interior myself

Sure, we could hire someone else to do it, but where's the fun in that? Having read, edited, and deeply enjoyed all of your work, I'm then the one who gets to decide how best to make it shine within the pages of the magazine. We have volunteers who help create graphics and pick color schemes, but I'm the one who lays everything out, who makes sure every piece sparkles. 

I’m hands-on in the entire process, every step of the way, all because I know how stressful it can be in your shoes, and I want to make things as calm and relaxing as possible. I want you to know that there’s a person on the other end of our contact form, our email address, and that I personally look at everything you send us.

That’s what I’d like you to know.

I hope you trust me. I’m good at what I do.


Associate Edito