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Editor Interview: The Conglomerate: Literary magazine of amalgamated art

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

A: Generally clustered.

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

A: We continually fight to keep our jaws from hitting the floorboards when we read [PANK], McSweeney's, Outlook Springs, Joyland, Barrelhouse, Tin House, One Story Cincinnati Review, Fence, Electric Literature, N+1, The Offing.

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

A: In some kind of order: Lindsay Hunter, Toni Morrison, Thomas Pynchon, Miranda July, Nick Harkaway, Joanna Jensen, Amelia Gray, Salvador Plascencia, Banksy, Vilhelm Lundstrøm, Jennifer Egan, Niels Sloth, Kandinsky, Kurt Vonnegut, Edward Fuglø, Joseph Heller, Lydia Millet, Max Porter, Jonathan Lethem, Albert Camus, NoViolet Bulawayo, Fernando Botero, Edward Hopper, Henry Miller, Joan Didion, Kurt Trampedach, Donte Collins, Olivia Gatwood, Gabriel García Márquez, Amy Hempel, Zadie Smith, Nabokov.

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

A: We combine the work of different artists into single pieces that we call conglomerations.

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

A: 1. Proofread profusely. 2. Remember to not send a first draft. First drafts are fed to the dog. Only submit something fully fledged. 3. Drink lots of fluids. 4. Please no weird fonts.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: Pretty words strung into sentences that punch your heart into your hippocampus. Twisted images that wring your kidneys out on the floor and stick them on the wall. Art that spontaneously combusts. That kind of thing. When all else fails, something that involves seagulls and their demise and/or torture.

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

A: Few things are wrong, but sometimes we do receive whole novels in the inbox. We love novels. Sometimes we invite novels over for dinner. More than once, we've slept with a novel or two. Or three. We don't publish them, though.

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

A: Details are awesome. We love a bit of personal info in a cover letter. We eat that shit raw. However, diaries we compost.

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

A: We strive to read all submissions in full, and we do, mostly. But pieces that are clearly unfinished or obviously not a fit, we do delight in chucking out the window. We may chuckle as we do so.

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

A: Sometime in the late afternoon, I drag myself out of bed and try to spend an hour or two tanning on the yacht before hitting the golf course. Literally. I like to see that grass fly, baby. Then I have my unnamed underling read today's submissions and tell me which he likes the most, after which I spend the rest of the evening gunning down any seagulls in sight.

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

A: Well, we're an online magazine with a hankering for people's brains and bodyjuices. The rest speaks for itself.

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

A: This varies immensely. Often we publish a piece as is with only minor stylistic changes; other times, often before a rework-and-resubmit request, we share with the author or artist some scattered thoughts on the piece in question.