Editor Interview: Leaping Clear
Q: Describe what you publish in 25 characters or less.
A: Contemplative artists
Q: What sets your publication apart from others that publish similar material?
A: Leaping Clear's accomplished artists have, in addition to their dedicated art forms, dedicated contemplative practices. These include--but aren't limited to--meditation, spiritual inquiry, prayer, yoga, qi gong and other integrated body-mind forms of contemplation.
Working from contemplative practice yields art that asks for engagement from the reader, viewer, or listener. It goes below the surface and comes up with the unexpected. When engagement is strong, the art can be transformative.
Leaping Clear presents a range of artists' voices and visions from different cultures, in various forms--including ones that are new! We like hybrids in writing, visual arts, and audio arts. Our interests are wide, not focused on particular schools of form or interest groups.
Q: What is the best advice you can give people who are considering submitting work to your publication?
A: Read the guidelines and follow them. We only want to know about your contemplative practice/practices in your cover letter.
We don't want any recounting of how and where you've published, exhibited, etc.
This is clearly stated in our guidelines, yet we receive many, many submissions from people who clearly haven't read them.
Q: What do submitters most often get wrong about your submissions process?
A: Including information about previous publications, Pushcart nominations, exhibitions, etc. in the cover letter.
Q: How much do you want to know about the person submitting to you?
A: We care about the person's dedicated contemplative practice/s in the cover letter. Only that.
We focus on the work submitted.
When we accept work, we are interested and happy to know as much as the person wants to share with us.
Q: If you publish writing, how much of a piece do you read before making the decision to reject it?
A: We read every piece through, unless it clearly shows animosity toward life in some form.
We're an editorial team, and sometimes we point out things to each other that we, as individuals, might have overlooked in a submission.
We also read through in respect for the person who is taking up the effort to write and to cast the writing into the world. While we might have a sense the piece won't be right, reading through has sometimes brought us to change our minds. The world is large and full of surprises and we like to be surprised!
Q: How important do you feel it is for publishers to embrace modern technologies?
A: Leaping Clear is a digital magazine only, so naturally we think modern technologies are important! We also love print, and hope--given funding--that we'll be able to come out with a print edition. That might be electronic, POD, or a traditional printed page format, as we feature beautiful and striking art that deserves high page publication values.
Q: How much do you edit an accepted piece prior to publication?
A: We expect writers to be accomplished (in our guidelines) and have polished submitted pieces to a high sheen. We don't provide substantive editing.
We do edit prose pieces carefully for typos, grammar, and our basic style sheet--serial commas, capitalization, and so forth. Still, we're mindful that writers use language in idiosyncratic ways, which is one of the delights of writing and reading. And, that punctuation choices can be stylistic ones.
We generally let poems stand as submitted, but read carefully for typos.
Very occasionally, when a piece is strong, but still needs some editorial suggestions, we'll contact the author, who can approve or not. We have been thanked for our input.
We also provide page proofs for all our submitters, which they appreciate.
Q: Do you nominate work you've published for any national or international awards?
A: We have plans to nominate for the Pushcart Prizes, The Best of the Net, and The Best American Series. As an all-volunteer magazine with only 3 issues, we just haven't gotten to that yet!