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Editor Interview: The Antihumanist

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

A: Weird-Wonderful-Worrying

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

A: We like reading some other small publishers and presses. Two of our current favourites are:
Cosmic Horror Monthly @ https://www.cosmichorrormonthly.com
Weird Horror Magazine @ https://undertowpublications.com/weird-horror-magazine

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

A: If it isn't obvious from the logo we are Lovecraft fans. However, of living authors, we enjoy the likes of Thomas Ligotti and Eugene Thacker.

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

A: We provide a niche where writers can explore the possibility that we aren't the centre of the universe.
But, we also enjoy well written and engaging prose, so as long as you are willing to engage with the idea of antihumanism (even critically), we welcome your work.

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

A: Read our previous publications (they're free) and see if what you're writing actually fits the magazine's aim.
Read our submission guidelines - please anonymize your work and respect the word limits.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: Less than 100 words, building a rich world with engaging characters and a twist ending that subverts a humanist premise.

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

A: Too often, we get submissions that, although stylistically fine and even interesting to read, are either a moralistic tirade or a simple feel-good story. Read our about page and submission guidelines and think if what you are submitting really meets the criteria.

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

A: Our submission process is anonymous, but please include a (brief) bio with your submission. It will be included in the eventual publication so keep that in mind!

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

A: We generally will read a piece all the way to the end - we are in the market for flash fiction, so we don't get many excuses! However, submissions with obvious grammar/spelling errors or superfluous gore/eroticism will probably be rejected earlier.

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

A: We go through a two-phase reading process. Those that get through to the second round will be ranked and stacked for consideration. Sometimes, a good quality piece won't make it through to publication because we have too many submissions of a similar topic or recently published a piece on a similar subject. So please don't be discouraged!
Please note all our second-round submissions are exposed to a plagiarism check (an unfortunate but necessary process).

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

A: Generally speaking, submissions are open for a 1-2 month period, during which we will rank our submissions for second reading. We generally won't accept or decline during this period because we don't know which will be the crème de la crème! After final submissions, we will generally respond to those who have been declined in the first round - so if your submission takes some time, please be patient and take it as a good sign. After our final rack and stack, we will respond to those authors who have been accepted and declined in the second round reading. If you have been declined in the second round reading, please note we really did enjoy your work and would love to see you submit again!

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

A: I think that information technology has (and will continue to) revolutionise how we consume and produce media. There will always be a place for traditional print and methods (sentiment, nostalgia, preference), but publishers, like all terrestrial life, need to evolve to survive.

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

A: We have a copy editor on staff (Steph) who will help an author turn the story into the best version of itself. We understand the publication process is collaborative, and authors will have the right to reply to edits, but at the end of the day, we, as the editorial staff, will have the final say as to what we publish.

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

A: Certainly - if they are of suitable quality!