Editor Interview: The Edgar Allan Poe Review

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

A: scholarly essays on Poe

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

A: Timely publication, diverse approaches, creative as well as scholarly responses to Poe's work and life.

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

A: Be sure to attend to the documentation style and expectations of the journal. Best way to do this: read an issue.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: Thoughtful, new approaches to Poe's work that use the Mabbott or Harrison editions of his fiction and poetry. Scholarly due diligence is expected.

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

A: They do not use the resources for Poe's work expected or they have not attended to the documentation style we use.

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

A: We do not use cover letters. Our Editorial Manager on line system requirements are clear.

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

A: Each essay or creative response--if meeting the basic requirements--is reviewed by three members of our editorial board with the final decision given to the editor.

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

A: Triple-blind review.

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

A: As editor, I assign submissions to readers most versed in the subject being addressed. Essays can go through as many as three revisions before being accepted.

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

A: Publishers benefit from on-line resources like Editorial Manager to help avoid oversight.

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

A: We have a copy-editor who checks each accepted submission; however, sometimes when the author is ESL, as editor, I often do copious copy-editing if the essay is important enough to make extensive editing necessary.

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

A: The Poe Studies Association as an award for the best essay on Poe each year, and I have nominated in the past.