Editor Interview: The Big Brick Review Essay Contest

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

A: narrative nonfiction

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

A: Brevity

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

A: Sonja Livingston
Judith Kitchen

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

A: Each essay is published with a custom photograph, taken and themed to capture the thematic concept of that essay.

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

A: Only one entry per author, so put your best work forward. It’s okay if you’ve never been published before. We are a platform for established and emerging writers.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: The idea submission for The Big Brick Review captures an author’s experience and explores it with strong prose—thoughtfully, cleverly, humorously. It has a study thematic thread and ‘closes the loop’ in its final paragraphs. It explores without preaching.

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

A: Submitters sometimes ‘preach at the reader’ in their essay, versus ‘explore an experience’ in their essay—and allow the reader their own takeaways.

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

A: A short bio will accompany all our published essays, but the finalists are blind judged, so previous publications are not a requirement for selection. Just strong, honest writing.

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

A: The editor-in-chief generally reads all pieces to completion. He’s obsessive that way. :-)

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

A: Annual contest has a judging panel for finalists. Editor-in-chief makes all final decisions.

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

A: Reading—editing—evaluating.

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

A: Modern technology needs to be embraced. The Earth will always be turning.

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

A: There is one round of editorial review with the author before publication.

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

A: Not at this time.