Editor Interview: Keyhole Magazine (Print)

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

A: Anything good.

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

A: Caketrain, Hobart, Quick Fiction, elimae, American Short Fiction.

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

A: William Walsh, Stephanie Johnson, Shellie Zacharia, Aaron Burch, Matthew Simmons, Carrie Murphy, Nicolle Elizabeth.

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

A: Not much. We all publish the same pool of writers, for the most part.

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

A: Read lots, read us, read our guidelines, send us something lively, revise again, and don't set up your submission in the cover letter.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: I enjoy it while reading it. I find myself thinking about it after reading it. I enjoy it even more while reading it again.

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

A: A submitter will send five poems as five different submissions. We want them all in one doc. Same for flash fiction.

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

A: Basically nothing. For the books we publish, we develop relationships with the authors because we prefer long-term publishing relationships. But with the journal we have to go through hundreds of submissions, so I never look. And looking just adds layers to the reading that are unnecessary.

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

A: Sometimes a single sentence. Usually a paragraph, sometimes two. After reading thousands of submissions, you learn to quickly identify poor / novice writing techniques. Anyway, I only publish things that I can make it the whole way through without thinking about the fact that I'm reading.

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

A: None.

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

A: Very, obviously.