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Editor Interview: Seaborne Magazine

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

A: Works about the sea

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

A: Elementum Journal

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

A: Alison Moore, Emma Stonex, Charlie Carroll, Wyl Menmuir, Daphne du Maurier.

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

A: We are solely focused on publishing beautiful and evocative works about the sea, with an aim to raise awareness and funds for marine conservation charities.

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

A: Consider how the sea impacts you. If you’re submitting to us, the sea can’t be the backdrop of your work, it has to be a focus, a living, breathing thing alongside your characters. We look for unique takes, personal experiences.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: Well-presented, following our formatting and grammatical guidelines. A unique voice, an interesting premise or a surprising twist on a classic trope. Something we may not have read before.

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

A: Not following the guidelines. It’s the number one reason we reject submissions. Cliche topics are another. We received a LOT of mermaid and selkie poems and stories, but there’s only so many we can publish before readers get bored. Spam submissions are automatically disqualified.

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

A: We would love a bio about the writer. What’s their previous experience (they don’t have to have any, but it’s useful for readers to know where they can find previous work)? What do they like to do that links to their submission? What makes them stand out from everyone else?

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

A: For fiction and nonfiction, we usually read about a page. Sometimes we know from the first paragraph, but we always try to read a fair amount. For poetry, we read the entire poem.

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

A: We only make small edits: grammar, word choices. If the piece requires more edits than that we won’t accept it.