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Editor Interview: Room Magazine Poetry Contest

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

A: literature, feminism, art

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

A: There are too many amazing literary magazines in B.C. to name. Room has partnered up with many of them and we have a deep respect for the magazines they produce. Personally, I am an avid reader of PRISM International, Event, Geist, and SubTerrain because of the unique voice they allow to flow through their pages.

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

A: Jamaica Kincaid, Toni Morrison, Dionne Brand, Sheila Heti, George Elliot Clarke, Frank McCourt.

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

A: At Room, we have a rotating editorial board. So with each issue we put out, there will be a unique voice behind it and this opens the doors for many different styles and hybrid genres of writing to come through. We welcome and support emerging writers.

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

A: Read Room! Subscribe for a full year to see how different each issue can be, but also see the cohesiveness that comes from working with a tightly-knit collective. Look closely at your work, and look even closer at Room to see there's a magnetic pull, and if there is, submit.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: The ideal Room submission is polished poetry or prose that is submitted with a brief cover letter displaying why your work belongs in Room. The ideal submission speaks to every single Room reader.