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Who creates Sixfold? Everyone. It's a completely writer-voted short story and poetry journal. Hundreds of writers' equally weighted votes decide the prize-winning manuscripts and select all short stories and poems published. With a fair, transparent, rule-based voting process, all writers find the best writing together.
How to enter and vote
1. Enter your own fiction or poetry PDF manuscript for $5 by Jan. 24, 11:59 pm ET.
2. For each of 3 rounds, you read, comment, and vote on 6 randomly assigned manuscripts in your genre. Rank-vote your manuscripts as Best, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th. Read and vote all 3 rounds (total of 18 manuscripts in 36 days). Round 1 runs from Feb. 1 to voting deadline of Feb. 12. Round 2 from Feb. 13 to Feb. 24. Round 3 from Feb. 25 to March 8. The first-, second-, and third-highest-voted manuscripts in each genre win $1000, $200, $100. The top-15 short stories and the top-30 sets of poems are published. All issues free to read online, and as e-book and PDF. Paperback is about $10.
Everyone's the editor. And is better than any editor. Hundreds of writers voting choose manuscripts for publication with much better discernment than at any other journal, and it all takes only 36 days. The 3-round process is extremely thorough and precise: In round 1, 6 writer-voters compare your manuscript (and everyone else's) to 5 other manuscripts, then rank-vote them as Best, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th. (So, each manuscript is compared to 30 others by 6 different readers.) Each manuscript's voting score average is calculated and compared to all others, and then the highest-voted one-third of manuscripts advances to the next round. Round 2 manuscripts go on to receive 18 readers and 90 comparisons, and the highest-voted one-third advances to round 3. Round 3 manuscripts receive 54 readers and 270 comparisons. Each manuscript completing round 3 is read and rank-voted by 78 different writer-voters, with a grand total of 390 comparisons to other manuscripts. A lot of reading and comparing! And, the most thorough consideration of your manuscript that any journal could offer.
Voters discover the best manuscripts, period. With so much reading and comparison voting, no high-quality manuscripts are missed in a vote. Only the highest-quality manuscripts are selected for publication. See and read for yourself: browse the open, public results of the 8 fiction and poetry votes completed so far, with over 2,600 writers participating. In each vote, you can see that voters' relative preference for any manuscript translates to the overall quality of the manuscript. The final rankings of all manuscripts reflect how any editor or editors at any journal would sort the relative quality of total manuscripts submitted.COMPLETE HOW IT WORKS | ENTRY REQUIREMENTS HOW IT WORKS PICTURE TOUR
Writing Workshop. No rejection slip • You give and receive workshop feedback on your and your fellow writers’ work as part of voting. After the 3 rounds of voting end, you get up to 6, 24, or 78 votes and comments on your own manuscript from other writers, depending on how far your manuscript progresses through the rounds. You can see how your manuscript compares to others on a post-voting results page that lists all participants’ manuscripts, ranked anonymously by final voting score. Opt in before, during, or after voting to display your name, profile, and/or link to your manuscript alongside the final public voting results.
Publish to a big literary audience • Sixfold's free e-books reach 9,000+ readers per issue and free online issues reach 40,000+ site visitors per year.
Sixfold Testimonials • "Loved the format, results, comments, transparency!" • "for the first time, I was given some honest, arms-length feedback" • "fascinating to read others' work" • "fun not to just send in my story and wait, but to actually read and rank stories" • "invaluable to have all those unbiased comments on my work" • "Our little republic is working!"