Why is the Open Mic password-protected?
Because although Open Mic is a writing workshop, where writers post works-in-progress for critique, and not meant as a platform to publish work, some journals, magazines, and publishing houses may still consider pieces (even unfinished ones) posted online in a public forum to be “previously published.”
There is, however, general consensus that pieces posted in a password-protected forum are considered “not public” and therefore not “previously published.” Since one of the main goals of Open Mic is to help writers fine-tune their pieces for publication, we want to make sure that pieces submitted here won’t be considered ineligible for publication elsewhere, and have therefore decided to add a password.
But I want to read the submissions and join in!
Wonderful! We’re glad to have you. To get the password, simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll immediately equip you with the magic word to enter. No one needs to submit any personal information, or pay anything to receive the password.
You will only need to enter the password once* in order to gain access to all of the submissions. Each Open Mic submitter will always get the password sent to them, as well.
I have more questions!
No problem! Email us at email@example.com, and we’ll answer them as best we can.
* Depending on how your browser is set up, you may have to enter it on each visit to the site, but only once on each visit.