Editor Interview: Autumn Sky Poetry Daily

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

A: One poem each day.

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

A: I enjoy reading Diode, Linebreak, Poets & Artists, 3 Quarks Daily, American Life in Poetry, and more.

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

A: Some of my favorite poets are: Siham Karami, Risa Denenberg, Kathryn Good-Schiff, Marybeth Rua-Larsen, Elizabeth Kerlikowske, Charles Carr, Ed Shacklee, Alan Walowitz, Bruce Guernsey, Neil Flatman, and so many others.

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

A: Autumn Sky Poetry DAILY publishes one poem every day.

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

A: Read my submission guidelines. Also, resist adding blinking fonts, crazy colors, center justification, etc. to your poems. If your poem has a lot of white space and/or tabs, it should be spectacularly meaningful, not random (because formatting spacing in html is annoying).

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: Send ONE poem in the body of an email with no cover letter.

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

A: The most common error is sending a poem via attachment instead of pasting it into the email.

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

A: I would prefer to know nothing. I want the poem to stand on its own merits.

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

A: I read at least four to eight lines of every poem. If my eyes wander, I give the poem a pass. That may not seem like I give each poem enough time, but I usually scan the rest and/or read the last part of a poem before giving up on it. Some poems I read five or even ten times until I'm certain I understand the work.

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

A: None. If I read a poem and I love it, it is published on Autumn Sky Poetry DAILY within a week.

Q: What is a day in the life of an editor like for you?

A: I read submissions all week long, but usually reserve the bulk of my reading for Friday.

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

A: I think it's extremely important. Marketing, social networking, and publishing online can increase readership. I have a Facebook page, and link to all poems via Twitter.

Q: How much do you edit an accepted piece prior to publication?

A: I almost never suggest edits to poems (maybe one out of one hundred poems received). When I do, the suggestions are usually for grammatical errors. I email the poet with editorial suggestions, and if the poet responds positively, the poem will be published. If not, I give the poem a pass.

Q: Do you nominate work you've published for any national or international awards?

A: Yes. I nominate work for both the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net. Poems from Autumn Sky Poetry DAILY have made it into the finals for Best of the Net.