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    Bards and Sages Publishing

    I'm sorry if this has been posted elsewhere, but did an extensive search and couldn't find it: what do people think of Bards and Sages Quarterly? I've seen it mentioned off-hand around the forums, but I haven't been able to find any real reviews to the positive or negative. I'd love some input.
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    I've had a story published by them. The editing process was good, they paid on time, and the quality of writing in the magazine is high.
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    I've heard a lot of good things about Bards & Sages. I've subbed to them once and got a rejection, but the rejection they sent was hard not to get excited about. The editor was very encouraging and enjoyed my story very much and even suggested a market base for me to target that would fit the story better. My friend and fellow horror hound, dgrintalis, has a story out with them and she seemed to be very satisfied with the mag. Hopefully, she'll chime in and let you know how her experience with them was.
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    I just had a story published in the April 2010 issue and have to say, they were lovely to work with. Like Saanen, I was paid on time and the quality of writing in the magazine is high. I'm not sure if they edit any stories before publication; they did not with mine, so I've no experience with that. The magazine itself is beautiful. I hope that information helps.
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    Thanks so much everyone for your input! It helps a lot.
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    You can get free issue of the mag by joining their list. Well, last time I checked you could.

    The quality of the fiction is remarkably high, as others here have said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgrintalis View Post
    I just had a story published in the April 2010 issue and have to say, they were lovely to work with. Like Saanen, I was paid on time and the quality of writing in the magazine is high. I'm not sure if they edit any stories before publication; they did not with mine, so I've no experience with that. The magazine itself is beautiful. I hope that information helps.
    I had a story published in the current issue. About a month before it published, they sent a Galley Proof (via email). The editor had a comment or two in couple of stories to help readability and I think a missing word in one piece. We were asked to review our work and give it the a-okay before it went to a proofreader. And payment was on time. They were very professional.
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    I've had a couple of stories published there (including my first ever). They don't pay a lot (really only token payment) but in both cases payment was prompt, with no fuss. Editing is sent as Southpaw says, you get a chance to review and approve/make changes.

    Both my experiences with them, they behaved professionally. No problems at all.

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