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Editor Interview: Panel Magazine

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

A: independent writing\art

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

A: The Paris Review, Dalkey Archive Press,
The Threepenny Review, Agni

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

A: There is no one writer or artist we'd call as favorite ones. We admire those artists and writers the most who are talented - ie independent, hard-working, thoughtful, persistent, brave.

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

A: Panel magazine is a unique publication in English that represents and highlights the region of Central and Eastern Europe.
We consider not only pieces that have been produced in the region, but also those that were inspired by these lands.
We truly believe in the artistic potential and strength of Central and Eastern Europe.

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

A: Write, redraft, proofread. If you are not a native speaker, take extra time to proofread.
Don't try to be original when it comes to formatting the piece.
Read the guidelines.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: We're not looking for the perfection :) Our hearts sing with joy when we work with talented and professional writers and artists.
Simple as that -- talented and professional :)

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

A: geography, as we do try to keep Panel magazine somehow related to the region.
deadlines.
word limits.

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

A: we appreciate brief cover letters, as we appreciate any kind of polite communication and personal approach.
when we accept or reject the submission, though, we look at the writing, not the credits.

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

A: We tend to read to the end.

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

A: Each piece usually goes through the editing process. Because so many of our submissions come from non-native speakers or previously unpublished writers, almost everything we publish gets a polish. We take a hands-on approach to editing and sometimes our feedback is extensive.

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

A: after a year of online only life, we tend to value personal meet-ups even more than we did before.
but, of course, we value technologies, we use technologies, we won't be able to proceed without technologies. We use everything: electronic submissions, editorial software, SMM software and apps...

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

A: We nominate for the Pushcart Prize.