Editor Interview: Diverse Voices Quarterly

Q: Describe what you publish in 25 characters or less.

A: Work that challenges love

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Q: What other current publications (or publishers) do you admire most?

A: Creative Nonfiction, The First Line, decomP, Weave Magazine, Rattle, SOFTBLOW, and many others that are paving the way for new writers.

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Q: If you publish writing, who are your favorite writers? If you publish art, who are your favorite artists?

A: For fiction: Alice Walker and Alice Sebold. For poetry: We like Poe and e.e. cummings, but we tend to favor publishing poets who are a bit experimental.

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Q: What sets your publication apart from others that publish similar material?

A: We have no restrictions on who can submit.

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Q: What is the best advice you can give people who are considering submitting work to your publication?

A: Read submission guidelines and a back issue. If you think your writing will fit, tell us why you think so.

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Q: What do submitters most often get wrong about your submissions process?

A: Not sending enough poems, not submitting through our submission manager, not formatting the work so it's easy to read.

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Q: How much do you want to know about the person submitting to you?

A: We like a little bio information, but that's only when we're at a standstill with a decision. A strong bio might compel us to accept something.

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Q: If you publish writing, how much of a piece do you read before making the decision to reject it?

A: Honestly, with fiction, if there's no dialogue to break up paragraphs of prose, we'll probably reject it. That said, we usually scan the first few pages before we decide.

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Q: What additional evaluations, if any, does a piece go through before it is accepted?

A: We go through every piece initially to pick out rejections from the maybes/acceptances. On rare occasions do we accept a piece after the first look-over. When the maybes are gone through, we look to see how the pieces will fit with the others. This isn't to say we read for any specific theme or topic, but sometimes the universe puts them in front of us to create a strong publication.

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Q: How important do you feel it is for publishers to embrace modern technologies?

A: We think that both publishers AND writers should embrace it. There are still some writers who don't quite see the value of online lit mags, but they should--we're here to stay. We think publishers who still have print publications should, at least, have an online presence.

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