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I am not a copyright specialist, but I think the general rule of thumb would be yes, you always have to ask permission. However, there are rules for fair use and quotations that may apply. Look them up. I would look up some writers union where you live and see if you can ask their lawyer. I did once when I had a similar problem (this was in Sweden so it ...


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The great difficulty here is that there are no absolutes. The same piece could be achingly poetic or achingly dull, depending on whether it's part of a literary drama or a high-octane adventure. That makes it very difficult to give "specific criteria" for evaluating. There's no rubric that covers hard SF and slipstream. Nonetheless, you can evaluate ...


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I'm a volunteer reader for a literary journal, so I read and evaluate a ton of stories. (Very few are "terrible," but terrible usually shows up in the first sentences.) Of course, the purpose of the story and the needs of the reader/publication both come into play, but I can come up with a few things that make a story less than great (for me). (I'm guilty of ...



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