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Editor Interview: Chaotic Merge Magazine

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

A: impactful and vulnerable

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

A: We are big fans of Superfroot mag and Pilot Magazine. We believe their origin stories, particularly Superfroot's, is involved with unity. We also love that the content they are trying to share varies in art forms. As a magazine that tries to publish all art forms, it's nice to see others out there trying to do the same.

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

A: My favorite writer very currently right now I'm a huge Emily Henry fan. I know that she is a romantic comedy author, and although I love this genre, it isn't the only genre we are looking for in our mag. I believe what I particularly love about Emily Henry's writing is her ability to grab her readers with comedic lines that completely capture her character. I believe if another of her character used one of their lines, it wouldn't have worked as well as it did on the original character.
As for what Art, I am a huge Timothy Goodman fan. Timothy Goodman is a New York-based artist that mostly deals with Graphic Arts and blending Creative Writing with it. Although his work is writing-based and word-based, It's the vulnerability in his words that captures me and leaves me constantly waiting for more of his work.

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

A: Our Team. I know that sounds gushy and everything, but I've never worked with a more compassionate and motivated group that wants to put the best work out there in the world. We work hard to communicate with each other and discuss any possible way to improve or see the author's vision.

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

A: Our magazine has no set lines of the content we are trying to publish. We are mostly looking for pieces that capture us and keep us thinking about it on our first read. We want it to haunt us in our dreams.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: A story or art piece that captures our hearts and has us jumping in our seats to discuss is what we hope to read.

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

A: We highly recommend our submitters to view our last issue to see what kind of content we have published in the past and for our magazine's aesthetic. Although, we have eye catching colors we publish content that we believe are honest portrayal of our world.

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

A: We love getting to know our authors and who they are. They mostly make us happy to read your submission. Although, we don't take past publications or past awards into consideration. What matters to us is this story strong enough and the right fit for this issue of Chaotic Merge.

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

A: Our editor read all works to the end with great detail to see what was working and not working in a piece. At times we also take more days or weeks to re-read stories that impacted us. Sometimes it's not enough to read a story once to get the full impact of every small detail.

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

A: We mostly just have to all agree as a group that this piece, in particular, fits with our current issue.

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

A: We read and read a lot. Haha, Most of the time, it's taking breaks and re-reading stories looking for possible edits and re-works. We are trying to make sure our ideas align with the author and that we are helping them achieve the story they want the world to see. So yes, I read constantly over and over till I feel that I understand the story and where it is going.

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

A: We are particularly a technology-savvy magazine because we accept all different artwork, which means video art and short films. We also believe that by being updated on technology, we can connect with our audience. Although we love the techy formats, that doesn't stop us from having print copies. Sometimes we all need is to hold art in our hands to really absorb it all, and that's why we publish both, so any format you prefer is there for you.

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

A: It really depends on how ready we believe your story is for publication. Sometimes we just do simple line edit and proofreading. Other times we go more in-depth just in case there are missing details in a story that we feel is necessary for the reader to know.

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

A: Yes, we will be nominate works for the Pulitzer!