Editor Interview: Ink In Thirds
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Q: Describe what you publish in 25 characters or less.
A: Emotive, visceral writing
Q: What other current publications (or publishers) do you admire most?
A: Rust + Moth, Into The Void, Maudlin House, The Molotov Cocktail
Q: If you publish writing, who are your favorite writers? If you publish art, who are your favorite artists?
A: DeLillo, Atwood, Nin, Sexton, Plath, Baudelaire
Q: What sets your publication apart from others that publish similar material?
A: We bring artists and writers together in cohesive fluidity.
Q: What is the best advice you can give people who are considering submitting work to your publication?
A: Read back issues. Seriously, many of the rejections I send out are because the aesthetic doesn't fit our magazine. We don't really do rainbows and unicorns and happy baby stories.
Q: Describe the ideal submission.
A: Emotive, visceral layers of the human condition that unfold before my eyes. If I forget my inner editor while reading, then I know the writing is gripping.
Q: What do submitters most often get wrong about your submissions process?
A: Not knowing our magazine and what we publish. Typically, I can tell if submitters have read past issues or not by the type of work they submit.
Q: How much do you want to know about the person submitting to you?
A: We feel your writing will tell us what we really need to know. If your words speak, we listen.
We have a form and cover letters get in the way. Just fill out our form online and follow the directions. They're simple really. Previous publications are wonderful; however, they have no bearing on our decision process at all. In fact, we ask that bios be kept to 50 words max. We are just as thrilled to publish someone for the first time.
Q: If you publish writing, how much of a piece do you read before making the decision to reject it?
A: We read every submission at least twice.
Q: What additional evaluations, if any, does a piece go through before it is accepted?
A: Does it make me feel? That's it. Simple. If not, then it's a no.
Q: What is a day in the life of an editor like for you?
A: Coffee. Words. Words. Words. Coffee. More words. More coffee. Yeah, that.
Q: How much do you edit an accepted piece prior to publication?
A: Any major editing is presented to the author for final review. However, since we focus on brevity and short prose most work should be print ready.
Q: Do you nominate work you've published for any national or international awards?
A: Yes: Pushcart, Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions