Editor Interview: Corvid Queen

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

A: Feminist fairy tales.

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

A: I'm a big fan of Moonchild Magazine, Memoir Mixtapes, Bone & Ink Press, and Luna Luna! These teams consistently publish incredibly interesting writing. They have so much passion for their work and they're so kind to their writers and readers.

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

A: We specifically focus on feminism, but we work with a wide range of source material. Originally, we only accepted original feminist fairy tales and feminist retellings of fairy tales, but over the past year and a half of the journal's life, we've expanded to accept feminist mythology, folklore, and creative non-fiction. And, unlike many presses of our size, we're a paying market!

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

A: Our submission form has a space for writers to tell us a bit about themselves. I don't need a formal cover letter, but I do like to get a better sense of who the writers are as people, so I can connect more with them when I respond to their submission. I especially love to hear about their personal connection to fairy tales, and what other books or magazines they're currently enjoying. Previous publication credits don't matter at all; we're proud to be the very first publication for a few of our writers.

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

A: I can generally tell if a piece isn't a good fit for us in the first few paragraphs, but I read every piece to the end before making a final decision. Choosing stories for publication is very subjective; it's a gut feeling for me. Because Corvid Queen is all online and has rolling submissions and publications, I'm not constrained by having to layout pieces for pieces or select pieces for a themed issue. I try not to publish too many takes on the same source material close together, but overall I have a lot of freedom to consider each submitted piece on its own.

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

A: I work a 9 to 5, so honestly, I tend to do my editorial work late at night, in bed, surrounded by scented candles, watching Law & Order: SVU reruns. I like to keep submission response times short, so I block off a couple hours each week to read new submissions, send response emails, schedule accepted pieces, and prep upcoming posts.

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

A: It's very important! I can't imagine using a mail-in submission system; our electronic system is easy and fast for writers to use and for me to organize. (I highly recommend Airtable, for any publisher who hasn't tried it.) I enjoy creating print publications and having a tangible object to hold, but I find digital publications to be simpler and more versatile for publishers and more accessible for readers.

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

A: It depends on the piece. Sometimes I publish as-is, sometimes I make simple grammatical or stylistic changes, and sometimes I work with the writer on substantial revisions. In the last case, I'll let the writer know to expect a lot of questions and suggestions. Writers always have the chance to approve the final edits.

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

A: We haven't before, but we plan to start nominating work for national awards this year!