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Editor Interview: Open Arts Forum

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

A: Literary and visual art.

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

A: Red Fez, Spillwords, Terror House Magazine, Visual Verse

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

A: Wow. There are so many. Writers: Alden Nowlan, Raymond Carver, Alice Munro, Stephen King, Philip Pullman, Roald Dahl, Charles Bukowski, Aldous Huxley, George RR Martin, Dr. Seuss, Emily Dickinson, Junot Diaz.
Art: Vincent Van Gogh, Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Jenn Zed, Pablo Picasso

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

A: We are an online community for all artists wishing to display and discuss their work on individual submission threads within the free forum.

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

A: Make sure your proofread your submission. Be open to constructive feedback from other artists. Keep in mind, they would not comment if they were not intrigued.
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Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: Ready for publication.

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

A: Some think it is confusing to sign up. It is very straightforward. If you need help, we have places to ask within the forum. All of our editors are willing and capable of helping you out.

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

A: As little, or as much, as you want to tell us. We’ll get to know you through your work and you participation in the forum.

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

A: We don’t necessarily “reject” anything. Selection for our front page magazine is determined by the diverse rates of our editors. Everything submitted in the forum is managed by the content creator, so it can stay and be viewed as long as you wish.
The editors are only human, so we read when our individual schedular permit. That will determine when we get to your piece. We like to take our time and have lots of user content to choose from. That’s why we constantly seek new members to freshen our community and perspectives.

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

A: Open Arts Forum tries to maintain a collaborative environment m. To that end, every member can “Feature” their favourite work. It goes without saying that featuring your own work is bad form, and will be noticed.
This featured work is monitored by the editors when looking for new material to publish.

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

A: Popping into the forum and reading new, and old submissions, and checking/ answering messages through our internal messenger for members.

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

A: Very important. No one likes to consume stale food, presentations, or art.

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

A: We try to remain hands-off, but we will edit for grammar, spelling, and syntax errors.

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

A: Not at this time.