Editor Interview: Quiddity
Q: Describe what you publish in 25 characters or less.
Q: What other current publications (or publishers) do you admire most?
A: Other journals on the nightstand at the moment: North American Review, The Cape Rock, Crab Orchard Review
Q: What sets your publication apart from others that publish similar material?
A: Quiddity is a multimedia arts venue featuring an international literary journal (print and audio), a public-radio program, and a visiting writer and artist series. Each is produced by Benedictine University in partnership with NPR member/PRI affiliate WUIS, Illinois Public Radio’s hub-station.
The print journal, published semi-annually, features exemplary prose, poetry, and artwork from emerging and established writers and artists around the world. International submissions are encouraged.
The public-radio program and the visiting writer and artist series feature select authors and artists. Contributors to the print journal are invited to contribute to the audio journal and may have their work featured on the public-radio program.
The term quiddity means “the real nature or essence of a thing; that which makes it what it is.” Those who participate in the arts—crafters, readers, viewers, listeners—are its quiddity. As such, we seek not only work from a wide and diverse pool of individuals but also to share that work with a wide audience.
Q: What is the best advice you can give people who are considering submitting work to your publication?
A: Please review the guidelines at our website--and send us your best!
Q: How much do you want to know about the person submitting to you?
A: We do ask our submitters to include a cover letter, as we truly enjoy learning about those who send work to Quiddity. However, cover letters and publication credits do not play a role in editorial decision-making. We make editorial decisions based solely on the merit of the work submitted.
Q: How important do you feel it is for publishers to embrace modern technologies?
A: We believe it is important for publishers to embrace technologies that align with their mission, whether those technologies are modern or traditional.