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Editor Interview: Milk Candy Review

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

A: Beautifully weird flash.

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

A: Black Warrior Review
Booth
Jellyfish Review
Passages North

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

A: If I say all of our contributors, it sounds cheesy, but we have had the good fortune to publish some amazing writers, so: yes. All of our contributors.

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

A: We're sharing stories by voices that might not have always traditionally been allowed to speak.

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

A: Please read the guidelines! And write musically. I love little unexpected moments and beautiful language.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: It would look basically like any of the stories we've published.

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

A: I want flash fiction of 750 words or less, one story at a time. A lot of folks miss that in the submission guidelines.

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

A: Cover letters aren't a big deal to me, and previous publication credits absolutely don't matter. I'm interested in stories!

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

A: Since I ask for stories up to 750 words,I always read the entire piece before making the decision, but it's usually obvious if a piece isn't quite right within the first couple of sentences.

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

A: If there's maybe a line or two that isn't working for me, I'll ask the writer for some edits. But basically, once I get something I love, it is accepted.

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

A: I get a submission and first note author name, title and date in my files -- if I don't do this first thing, I might forget completely! Then I read the story. I usually know immediately if something is a good fit or not, but on occasion, I will have to spend some time mulling over a piece. From there, it's the response -- I like to let submitters know, whether their piece was accepted or not, it was read with care.

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

A: I think publishers should do what works best for them, but they should have an understanding that most writers nowadays are using modern technologies all the time!

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

A: There is rarely much editing -- if I see something that seems like an error, when I reply with the acceptance, I ask if it is all right to edit. After that, the story is in its final form.

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

A: We'll be nominating for Best Small Fiction, Best Microfiction and hopefully more.