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Editor Interview: Moment Poetry

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

A: hard-to-forget poems

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

A: All indie small presses with the courage to enter the market and do things their own way.

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

A: We try to combine standalone poems with original art to emphasize the power of the poem. We publish aspiring poets and also cooperate with artists who are not generally know, so there are no big names in our portfolio.
My personal list of favorite poets is long and it also tends to change from time to time. So I'll offer a few of my favorite fiction writers instead: Sandor Marai, Albert Camus, Marylinne Robinson, Jorge Luis Borges, Mikhail Bulgakov, Paul Auster, and many others...

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

A: Our unique format. Each standalone poem is printed on a sheet signed by its author and inserted in an elegant cover sleeve (the size of a 7-inch vinyl). The front features a short quote from the poem in the author’s handwriting and an original artwork to accompany it.

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

A: We are looking for poems that are powerful on their own and hard to forget. Technical finesse is not our top priority. Poems that are able to communicate or create an emotion and stay with the reader are the ones we're thrilled to publish.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: 1-3 previously unpublished poems, up to 32 lines each... We can't really describe an ideal submission. We appreciate all the poets who decide to send us their submissions very much and enjoy reading them in search of the next poems to add to our series.

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

A: Our submission criteria are relatively simple so submitters almost always get it right...

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

A: No, we don't need any additional information. But if the poet feels like explaining why he or she submitted a specific poem we appreciate it. We publish profiles of our published poets on our site but we only discuss this once a poem is chosen for publication.

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

A: We read all the poems to the end. We have a shortlist which we update all the time and from which we choose the poems to be published. These poems are read and reread many times...

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

A: We also consider how well the poem suits our format visually - whether there's a strong visual motif that we can use for the cover to highlight a specific moment or the overall atmosphere of the poem.

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

A: Moment Poetry is my side project and it's something I do because I enjoy it. In the limited time that I have I do my best to communicate with the poets and with our artists. I usually work on two poems (in different stages) and try to plan a few months ahead. I read all the submissions as soon as they arrive, confirming each reception. The selection process concerns the poems which end up on our shortlist. I also try to promote the project and spread the word, ideally through meaningful collaborations with other projects we like.

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

A: Hugely important as it vastly increases the pool of authors you can reach or who can find out about you. It also creates great opportunities to get to know interesting and smart people, collaborate and receive valuable feedback. This concerns the communication phase. When it comes to publishing itself, I still prefer a traditional approach.

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

A: We don't edit the poems. If there are any minor changes we propose (it has only happened once so far), the author of the poem has to approve them. The same goes for the art we choose to accompany the poem - the final visual is approved by the author of the poem who has to be 100% satisfied with the result.

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

A: No, we don't.