Editor Interview: Star*Line
Q: Describe what you publish in 25 characters or less.
A: Speculative poetry
Q: What other current publications (or publishers) do you admire most?
A: Apex, Cabinet des Fées, Dreams & Nightmares, Farrago's Wainscont, PANK, Phantom Kangaroo, Right Hand Pointing, and many more.
Q: If you publish writing, who are your favorite writers? If you publish art, who are your favorite artists?
A: Kim Addonizio, Billy Collins, Wendy Cope, Kevin Griffith, Louis Jenkins, Don Paterson, Ann K. Schwader, Dean Young.
Q: What sets your publication apart from others that publish similar material?
A: It is the official journal of the Science Fiction Poetry Association.
Q: What is the best advice you can give people who are considering submitting work to your publication?
A: We like unusual poetry (unusual by speculative standards, that is). And for Cthulhu's sake, use proper spelling, syntax, and punctuation.
Q: Describe the ideal submission.
A: Brief or non-existent cover letter and 3-5 unusual, wonderful poems without formatting peculiarities or errors of grammar.
Q: What do submitters most often get wrong about your submissions process?
A: Carelessness with grammar and meaning.
Q: How much do you want to know about the person submitting to you?
A: Omitting a cover letter is perfectly fine. Publication credits are immaterial.
Q: If you publish writing, how much of a piece do you read before making the decision to reject it?
A: I read them all. But I can read very quickly if necessary.
Q: What additional evaluations, if any, does a piece go through before it is accepted?
Q: What is a day in the life of an editor like for you?
A: Answering whatever e-mails have arisen. Occasionally discussing layout and printing of the next issue. Nagging contributors for articles, revisions, or PayPal info.
Q: How important do you feel it is for publishers to embrace modern technologies?
A: Very important; our guidelines are on the website, and we have recently made a .pdf subscription option available.