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Editor Interview: University of Saint Katherine Press

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

A: Christ-inspired works

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

A: Image Magazine, Touchstone Magazine

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

A: David Bentley Hart, Anthony Esolen, Scott Cairns, Kathleen Norris

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

A: We are open to original ideas from writers who are not necessarily known in the genre. We truly seek a balance of well-published and rising writers and artists.

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

A: Submit your best work rather than think of SKR as a secondary or tertiary submission venue.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: I don't think there is such a thing. Submissions often require editorial input to help intensify the work. The ideal is a piece that doesn't require any input.

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

A: They don't submit enough poems or consider submitting lengthier prose and essay.

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

A: A cover letter can include vital information and set the context about the author for the reader. Previous credits are useful when considering an emerging writer.

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

A: Our readers consider and read the entire submission.

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

A: It is important, as a Christian publisher, to respect the Christian tradition. Although we are not a theological offering, we review content for offensive content, especially gratuitously offensive content.

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

A: There are generally open calls for submission during a reading season but we accept works all the time. Our managing editor coordinates with our editor-in-chief in completing first reads. If the submission is viable, it goes to one or two outside readers for feedback. There is the custom back-and-forth with the author and then the submission is published.

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

A: We try to blend both traditional and modern methods. It is vital to streamline the review and publishing phases of a project and equally important for traditional approaches for assessing the quality and importance of the work. Objectivity and subjectivity must work together.

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

A: It depends on the work. The important part is that the author receives sufficient feedback to consider making any changes. But the work always remains the author's.

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

A: Yes. We always submit to Pushcart and other major award competitions.