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Editor Interview: Ariel Chart: International Literary Journal

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

A: Short poetry and fiction

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

A: CarpeArt Journal ( Singapore)
Indian Periodical ( India)
Setu Journal
Art: Mag
Mad Swirl

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

A: A.D. Hurley
Linda Imbler
Karlo Sevilla
Leilah Saafir

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

A: Quick response.
Written response to rejections.
Accept about 60% of submissions.
Monthly Issues.
No fees.

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

A: Be original. If your heart is broken don’t break mine by submitting unoriginal material.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: Short
Snappy Title
Wish the Hell I Wrote It.

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

A: Believe they can email us every other day to learn their status. Bad idea.

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

A: Cover letters mean nothing unless you write a better one than the material you just submitted. Then we have a problem. I want a short bio submitted to save staff time. But I judge on writing alone. Don’t care about credits, colleges or community teach-in’s.

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

A: The staff are required to respond if a work is rejected so the entire work must be read.

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: After a short list of acceptance and rejection is formed. The emails are sent first to help those rejected. Next the acceptance emails are sent. Over the next few weeks art /photo works are sought out and paired with poems and fictions.

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

A: Email is essential these days. I still can’t believe I used snail mail in the past. And I refuse in the present. As a writer I will skip a market that won’t step forward in the 21st century.

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

A: Very minor changes if ever. If I feel adjustments should go beyond editorial license I will alert the writer. Unlike other publications Ariel Chart has a Return Category which is different than Accept or Reject. We use it for good poems that have boring titles or good poems that have a mangled word or line. Once corrected the poem might be Accepted.

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

A: Yes.
Pushcart Prize
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