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Editor Interview: Maudlin House

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

A: 21st century writing

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

A: X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine, Stereogum, HAD,Thought Catalog

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

A: We like writers who challenge your perspectives, help you find your inner poet, expand your empathy, and take you to places you’ve never been. Writers like Miranda July, Tao Lin, Roberto Bolaño, and Haruki Murakami do this best.

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

A: Our online aesthetic is very different than traditional literary magazines and publishing houses. Our publishing house and online literary site share a similar minimalist look that pops. Unlike other publishing houses, we've designed our books and website to reflect 21st-century writing. Most of our writers do not have MFAs and therefore have very different styles of writing that appeal to new readers.

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

A: We like to publish work that highlights where mainstream literature, pop culture, and experimental writing meet. Write different. Please look at our site to get an idea of what we publish. We're aiming for new readers so we prefer new forms of writing or writing that reflect pop culture.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: We are not The Paris Review or Poetry Magazine. If you believe your writing can fit in there, don't bother submitting here. Maudlin House wants new forms, new ideas, and new takes on things. It should also be noted that the title that you give your writing is important and makes a big difference in how your work will be perceived by our editors and readers. We like metamodern writing. This does not mean constantly mentioning a celebrity's name for no reason at all or just slipping a current event that doesn't fit n with the piece in general. Go for ironic, but sincere. Different, but not chaotic.

We will NOT accept any writing that contains bigotry in any sort of way. If you are a white guy, DO NOT send us writing that oversexualizes women or uses ebonics. If you think we can't tell, you are wrong. If you think we are being too WOKE when it comes to this, do not submit or harass any of our editors because you find this to be hateful towards white men. We do not care and you will be blacklisted from submitting to our site. There are many other sites that are for some reason willing to accept writing from Incels. We are not one of them.

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

A: They ignore word counts, submit writing multiple times, or submit more than once within a month. Don't do this. Also, please do not submit and withdraw and then submit again because you suddenly found a typo or realized that you didn't like the way you phrased something. We have also had writers submit several poems or flash fiction pieces in separate submissions. Do not break up your pieces. We will automatically not accept your work if that occurs. Also, writers need to accept that it can take 4 weeks or more to get a response.

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

A: We don't find cover letters to be necessary. But if you do feel like sending one, please mention a few places that have accepted your work in the past. Where you went to school or how many times you've been published means nothing to us.

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

A: All works are read in their entirety and sometimes by several people before a decision is made.

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

A: We put all works through a word counter and plagiarism checker.

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

A: Drinking coffee and reading submissions for several hours a day. Then passing it on to other editors to check out.

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

A: We don't see how you could submit to us without embracing modern technology. Our site and submission process is entirely online. We don't require it, but we do like it when a writer has a Twitter or Instagram account for the readers to check out after reading your piece.

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

A: We do basic proofreading. We aren't here to help you develop your writing. It should be in its final draft before it's submitted to us. We will only correct grammatical errors and let the writer know before doing so.

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

A: It depends on the work we've received. But generally, no.