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Editor Interview: Dream Pop Journal

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

A: Strange utterings

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

The Occulum
Yes, Poetry
Cotton Xenomorph
Crab Fat Magazine
Damaged Goods Press
Memoir Mixtapes

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

A: Read the guidelines!

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

A: Sending us prose that is longer than we ask for in the guidelines, and submitting to the wrong category (submitting a chapbook submission under Poetry instead of under Chapbooks, for example).

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

A: We love hearing that you have read and enjoyed Dream Pop, especially when you share your thoughts on specific work from past issues.

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

A: Carleen Tibbetts usually does the first pass on poetry, and then I look over those submissions and send out responses accordingly. Occasionally we disagree on something and need to discuss a submission further, but usually our perspectives are well-aligned. I am the only prose reader for Dream Pop, so all of the prose subs that make it into each issue are chosen by me.

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

A: We tend to take only pieces that are 100% ready for publication, but if there are some minor fixes that need to be made we will suggest those to the author. Authors always approve any edits before final publication.

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

A: We nominate work for the Pushcart, Best of the Net, and Bettering American Poetry prizes.