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Editor Interview: Weave Magazine

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

A: Diverse voices

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

A: Caketrain, Versal, PANK, Bataeu, A cappella Zoo, Barn Owl Review, Boxcar Poetry Review, make/shift

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

A: Weave seeks to publish a diverse set of voices that are often underrepresented.

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

A: Read our guidelines carefully and try to get an idea of what we are looking for. Read an issue before you submit or read sample work which is linked on the front page of our website. Submitters should, at the very least, read what is on our site.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: The ideal submission could be any or all of the following: thoughtful, surprising, earthy, pro-women, experimental, smart, use language in a new way, make the reader taste/smell/feel/become the story or poem.

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

A: People most often do not read our guidelines and send submissions via email. We use a submissions manager and do not accept submissions via email.

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

A: A short bio will suffice with your five most recent publications.

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

A: Assuming that the submission follows our guidelines, at least one of our editors will read through a submission in its entirety before a decision to reject is made.

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

A: We often get submissions that are blatantly anti-women, bigoted or pornographic. We do not publish this kind of work. We would consider work that thoughtfully considers the issues of misogyny, racism, homophobia, sexuality, etc. and justifies them within the context of the piece.

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

A: Well, first we arise from our nests made of submissions we've rejected and drink a hot cup of the tears of frustrated writers. Then we dress all in black and make sure that wherever we are going, we have with us our Magical Staffs of Rejection and Acceptance that divine for us whether a submission is worthy of publication or not. Throughout the day we alternately kick puppies and save kittens from trees, depending on whether we think a good poem could be written about the situation. At night we meet with our secret coven of editors and plot how we shall take over the world with our 300-print-run journals. The plan primarily involves lots of paper cuts.