Editor Interview: Little Rose Magazine

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

A: issues of identity

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

A: Eunoia Review was the first non-student publication I was ever published in and I highly respect their editor Ian Chung, for responding to every submission in under 24 hours and often publishing new and emerging writers.
When I set out to start my own journal, I wanted to adopt a similar model. I believe every writer deserves recognition, no matter where they're at in their career. Eunoia Review will always hold a special place in my heart for giving me my first success.

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

A: Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton are my poetry idols.
J.K. Rowling is a fiction writing goddess.
Vincent Van Gogh is the king of post-impressionism.

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

A: We explore issues of identity. As far as I can tell, there is no other publication with this theme.

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

A: 1. Follow the submission guidelines.
2. Get rid of spelling errors.
3. Make me feel something.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: Something that makes me cry happy and sad tears at the same time.

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

A: Submitters occasionally send pieces over 3,000 words. Sorry, but I just don't have the time to read something over 3,000 words. Believe me, I wish I did, but there just isn't time. Please keep your writing under 3,000 words.

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

A: Your name is the most important thing, anything else you want to include is up to you. I ask for 2 or 3 sentences, but less or more is fine too, just don't turn it into a novel. Previous publication credits don't matter at all to me.

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

A: With poetry, I always read every word. Usually multiple times.
With fiction and non-fiction, I can generally tell in the first few paragraphs if it's for me or not, but I'll read it to the end 90% of the time.

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

A: Nothing! Everything goes through me and that's it!

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

A: Most of my reading occurs on the weekend when I'm cuddled up on the couch with a guinea pig perched on my shoulder.

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

A: I think it's really important! Let's stop killing trees.

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

A: I hate spelling errors, but if I loved the piece otherwise, I'm willing to correct the errors. That's the extent of my editing.

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

A: I would like to nominate work for the Pushcart Prize.