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Editor Interview: Open Leaf Press Review

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

A: OLPR publish to aspire.

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

A: Thrush poetry journal, Rattle magazine , Indian literature Journal, waxwing magazine , nether quarterly, Triveni haikai and The Haiku foundation are some Journal that represents my taste. I do need to explore more in coming days.

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

A: Since this journal admire short poems so I had an honor to publish John Hawkhead(Haiku). I am found of DS Maolalai.

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

A: OLPR focus on all forms of poem. One can encounter journal might publish either short poetry such as Haiku/tanka/haibun/haiga or free verse/prose. we like to foster all kind of flower in our lawn. It can be from aspiring seedlings, convolvulus wildflowers to exotic and established.

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

A: At OLPR submitters should only focus on their skill and nothing else. We do believe first step towards writing begins with reading hence at OLPR first step to getting published is following guidelines. So kindly follow guidelines to avoid rejection at any cost.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: OLPR thinks ideal submission is following guidelines as our system won't accept if it is not proper.

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

A: Many at times submitters think if they pay submission fee they are making publication rich but do trust us everything we get here is given to readers in the form of print books. All our investment goes into handling distribution.

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

A: OLPR consider quality work over cover letter. We do expect submitters to get familiarized with magazine. We don't have separate eye for new and established writer.

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

A: Just after reading four lines it's been decided which suits our publication however we prefer reading the entire submission before making a remark.

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

A: we won't say we only publish new age Emily Dickinson or a copy of Sir John burnside but we do have certain language inclination. We seek for writing that widen our imagination along with metaphors that is almost euphoric we tend to Ignore highly clich├ęd metaphors such as roses for love and rain for despair and kisses over chicks so deep that could put a dead end to literary entail.

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

A: Editors do take time to read all the submission but what or what could hold a part of publishing is almost decided in mid way while reading a particular piece. The process which could be considered hectic is the final compilations of the entire book and website display.

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

A: I think technology is great as it fasten the process of submission however I would always prefer print publishing rather than online one and would love to contribute in the same by the Medium of OLPR. Social media, Journal listing website such as Duotrope have made the work of starting a lit. magazine quite easy.

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

A: We do provide basic proofreading and copy editing for accuracy and the authors get to approve final edits. We prefer not to edit any piece of submission unless and until there is a grieve mistake but we do try to avoid it.

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

A: yes, we do nominate haiku for touchstone award and other awards too.