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Editor Interview: The Weird Girl

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

A: Weird and unique pieces

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

A: BitchMedia, Ms. Magazine, Pussy Magic, Lilith Magazine, QuirkBooks

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

A: We publish both writing and artwork. Of the writers we have published, our most recent contributor, Holly Day, has an amazing ability to juxtapose melancholy with very difficult subjects, creating this bittersweet atmospheric poetry. Of our artists, Lillian Braswell does not shy away from very bold visuals depicting the nuances of femininity and womanhood.

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

A: We strive to create a safe space for those weird creative types, be they cis-gendered women, trans women, nonbinary creators. While we are a young publication, we hope to grow and expand our community of creators and provide a platform for creators who create outside of traditional work.

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

A: Nothing is too weird or too experimental for us to consider for publication, and if your think it isn't weird enough, send it our way anyway.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: Some piece of creative work, be it art or some sort of written piece, that has explored some topic in some different or new way.

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

A: Mainly the formatting of the email submission process. We don't typically fault submitters for this, though.

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

A: We mostly want to know about the pieces(s) they have submitted. Not having any previous publication credits is not a deterrent for us accepting a submission. In fact, we welcome new creators.

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

A: It really depends on the piece. As the editor, I may read a story that I feel is a great fit for our publication within the first paragraph, or it may take reading the whole story before I decide to accept a submission. Any written work is read fully before publication so as to give the writer time to make possible edits. We will absolutely work with creators to make sure their work is publication-ready.

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

A: We try to make sure that each piece is appropriate and not offensive in any way. This may mean rejecting a story that is racist or homophobic in some way or asking a creator to edit a section that comes off as being short-sighted or inappropriate.

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

A: A submission comes through our publication's email and I will examine the piece. This usually takes a few days while I decide whether the piece is a good fit for our publication. Once I decide, I will email the creator with either a rejection email or an acceptance email. Acceptance emails may include possible edits we ask of our creators. Acceptance emails will also contain a publication date.

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

A: I think it's important to utilize whatever tools you can in order to maintain a publication and make sure you are accessible to your creators and readers.

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

A: We do our best to work with an author on any edits that need to be made before publication. If a piece needs too much editing, we would ask that that creator revise on their own and resubmit at a later date.

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

A: Not at the moment. We are a fairly new publication, but we would love to nominate work once we have grown and expanded.