Q: Describe what you publish in 25 characters or less.
A: electricity, doe, a pause
Q: What other current publications (or publishers) do you admire most?
A: PANK, Caketrain, SOFTBLOW, The Kenyon Review, Word Riot, Birdfeast, Anti-, GlitterPony, Bodega, box of jars
Q: What sets your publication apart from others that publish similar material?
A: Many journals state that they don't care about previous publications, that they aren't influenced by biographies and accolades and degrees. And it's nice, how much credit they give the human mind. It's not possible to not be affected by what we read. We read a piece of beautiful poetry and we are affected by it. We read that a submitter comes from the same small town in Alaska as us and we are affected by it. We read that a submitter has dinner weekly with the President, saved the next heir of Morocco from food poisoning, and has a single on the Billboard Top #100 and we are affected by it.
What WTR does is remove any outside influence that would bias the consideration of a piece of art. All submissions are read blindly by all staff. Staff members log in and see just the piece submitted, and comments made by other staff members in regards to the piece. This causes a rich discussion on the merits of the piece submitted, allowing for the author to be judged solely on the work he sent out, rather than his age or where he got his B.A from or whether he actually did save the heir of Morocco.
Also, we simply don't care about where you're from or how many books you've put out or whether you won that contest that one time. What are you showing us? What are you sharing? What is your art? Those are things worth considering. We look to the present and the future, never to the past.
Q: What is the best advice you can give people who are considering submitting work to your publication?
A: Submit to journals that you genuinely like and enjoy reading. If you don't love WTR, don't submit to WTR. There are thousands and thousands of journals in the world, submit to the places that speak to you, that publish work that you are enthralled by, that strike every sense, every molecule in your body.
Q: Describe the ideal submission.
A: Something I've never seen before. Something that surprises me every time I read it. Something that punches me in the chest, leaves crescent moons on my palms.
Q: What do submitters most often get wrong about your submissions process?
A: We read all submissions blindly. Though it is the first statement in our guidelines, many submitters still put their names or other identifying information somewhere on the document they submit to us. We also read every poem/story individually and like each piece by each submitter to be submitted standalone. Many submitters do not understand this.
Q: If you publish writing, how much of a piece do you read before making the decision to reject it?
A: I read all poems to the very last line, just in case. I'll read the first two pages of a prose piece and if the author hasn't interested me at that point, I'll move on.
Q: What is a day in the life of an editor like for you?
A: Morning: email, submittable, facebook, google docs
Afternoon: email, submittable, google docs
Mid-day: email, submittable, google docs, facebook
Evening: email, submittable, google docs
Night: email, submittable google docs, facebook, tumblr, twitter
lather, rinse, repeat.