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Editor Interview: SOFTBLOW

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

A: Imagistic poems

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

A: Cha: An Asian Literary Journal
The Cortland Review
Mascara Literary Review
Right Hand Pointing

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

A: Jenny Boully
Arthur Yap
Louise Gluck
Marie Howe
Rae Armantrout
Raymond Carver
Lewis Warsh

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

A: Aside from publishing contemporary poems, the publication is willing to feature works which straddle that broad fence between poems and more experimental (but short) prose.

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

A: Please read past works featured in the publication before submitting, and don’t be offended if editors respond quickly (they are simply efficient).

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: 4-6 sharp and focused poems with a brief bio.

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

A: Submitting anything less than four poems, or/and submitting poems that are too hackneyed or cliched.

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

A: Only poems and bio matter.

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

A: We read all poems quickly and only linger on poems that are in keeping with our preferred styles, before responding quickly.

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

A: None

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

A: Reading and responding to 10-20 email submissions a day.

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

A: It’s a non-issue in our opinion how submissions are received as technology mightn’t be for everyone.

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

A: No editing if possible.

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

A: No, we don’t.