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TQR: Total Quality Reading

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Winter Issue: Oct. 15 thru Nov. 15
Spring Issue: Jan. 15 thru Feb. 15
Summer Issue: April 15 thru May 15
Fall Issue: July 15 thru Aug. 15

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? tqrquery@gmail.com

TQR's editorial process is transparent, and any piece that makes it past the initial vetting process on the Floor [see Free Market] could be talked about by name by the managerial anomalies judging your work in the Terminal. (Important: By 'public vetting,' we do not mean the capital ventures up for consideration will be accessible to the public, only that the comments of those TQR staffers tasked with reading them will be.)

At no time will a work that has been referenced by name inside the Terminal, or anywhere else on the site, be unnecessarily denigrated or maligned. TQR sees its venture capitalists as the electricity that keeps its editorial impulses sentient, and, therefore, would be cutting its own cord bundle by unnecessarily alienating any of its contributors, no matter how whack.

It's TQR's belief this public vetting of venture capital serves a threefold purpose.

1. It will at least diminish the constant wailing and weeping of those venture capitalists who bemoan their sad fates at the hands of those capital consortiums who still vet their capital behind a veil of mystery. You may not agree with TQR's decisions, but, unlike the rest, the vetting process is there for you to behold.

2. It will cut down on the drive-by and often half-assed submissions of those venture capitalists that impose their work upon the Web from the muzzle of a shotgun. TQR's public approach to winnowing capital will necessarily make one think twice before venturing anything but their finest work. This will act as a natural first cut and ensure the quality of the work being presented on the Floor will be better from the word 'go.' TQR begs the question, "Do you have the hutzpah, the cajones, the intestinal fortitude?"

3. The public allure of such a wide open process will attract many more investors than the current style of capital-bearing Web platform, therein guaranteeing a better statistical probability that the Capital Gains posted from the previous quarter will be read by a much higher quantity of investors. Though the possibility of the process outdrawing the product does exist, rest assured TQR is all about the bottom line (i.e. Stories).

1. Send one work per gmail to tqrstories@gmail.com , and follow this format exactly in the subject line: Submission: "Title", Author's name, word count.

2. E-mail one piece per quarter as a Word doc. attachment or rtf attachment.

3. TQR accepts fiction of 4,000 to 12,000 words. Anything over 13,000 words better be The Greatest Story Ever Told, or we're gmailing you back a standard rejection, pronto. That being said, TQR takes anything, from romance to speculative future tense obscurities that only God or Donald Barthelme could understand. We don't put fiction in pigeonholes, but like to think of it all as an archaeologist views an eight centuries-old latrine: You can learn a lot from shit, but it's got to be good and solid to stand the test of time. All you need to do is touch the monkey.

4. TQR publishes 3 works per quarter and pays $50 per published piece.

5. TQR acquires first electronic rights and the non-exclusive right to archive the work.

6. Simultaneous ventures are discouraged, but grudgingly tolerated because what other recourse do we have?



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