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Editor Interview: dead peasant: a journal of writing and arts

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

A: struggles of humanity

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

A: This will differ from editor to editor, but I tend to like things that are more experimental and niche. I have a McSweeney's that I hold dearly, and my background is in the magazine world so I like publications that showcase the artist with bold imagery and type.

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

A: We do both. I love Douglas Adams and writers who craft bizarre adventures in new worlds that don't limit themselves to a single genre. As an artist, I love work that contains technical details that demonstrate skill that a non artist might miss. My favorite artists are illustrators like Malika Favre, Tristan Gion, Brian Edward Miller, Teo Skaffa, and others.

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

A: We strive to be artist and writer friendly with the rights we ask for, all submissions are free, we have three small cash prizes, and first and foremost we are a group of artists and writers who set to create a space for creatives like ourselves.

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

A: I love work that shows the perspective of struggles. I want our readers to read about struggles they didn't even knew existed. To see art that changes how they look at issues.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: To me there are many ideal submissions. I want to support young talented creatives who make phenomenal and underappreciated works.

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

A: Currently we are in our 2nd call for submissions, and it's a themed issue. Everything in this issue will be greyscale or black and white. Please don't submit full color works, they won't be accepted and I'll have to ask you to submit greyscale works.

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

A: We ask for a short bio that we use in the publication. Previous publication credits do not make or break a submission. The emphasis is on the work not on the reputation.

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

A: We try to read all of the content of each piece, but work filled with spelling and grammatical errors might be given up on easier than others.

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

A: Works submitted to dead peasant are anonymized and sent to editors to review and decide which works they like. Then the editors meet to discuss and pound the table for the works that speak to them.

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

A: I'm the anonymizer, social media, and other design oriented editor. I promote the journal and try and make cool stuff to make us look cool. I respond to emails and DMs. When our call ends my day to day will get much busier with reviewing works.

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

A: We're a non profit, and we don't profit off of the journals anyways. I would love to have electronic submissions someday but we can't afford it yet. We are active on instagram and tiktok and have gained a decent following on each. I don't know if it's important for publishers to remain traditional, but I'm one to use all the tools at my disposal.

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

A: We proofread, may suggest some edits, and we give the author's final approval over their work before we send off to the publisher. Often formatting with poetry can get messed up so it's something that we believe in to allow the creatives to see that their work has not been tarnished.

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

A: We have not yet, but are open to it.