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Editor Interview: Arc Magazine

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

A: All form of craft

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

A: Beir Bua Journal 3 AM Magazine Arcs Prose Poetry Magazine Street cake Magazine Arc Poetry Magazine Full House Literary Magazine Lunch Ticket Mercurius

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

A: I love all type of craft but modernism, postmodernism are near to my heart. I love a blending of genre, fragmentation and prose poetry. Franz Kafka, Samuel Beckett, W B Yeats are my favorite writer. i love Vincent Van Gogh. Salvodor Dali, the surrealist painter is also great.

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

A: Arc Magazine is India based an international journal. I am flexible in my approach for acceptance. I prefer avant garde though i am not averse to traditional form. Good writing is always welcome.

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

A: Read the submission guidelines properly and try to best to follow them. Proper formatting and edits makes editors work easy. I like cover letter written as a preface to submitting material. Footnote regarding background of writing in submission is welcomed.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: Send your most polished work and be patient. Allows editors a reading period before you follow up. Subject matter and writing style is important. Make sure that you are submitting your best work to literary journals that publish similar works.

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

A: Submitting is an exhausting process. A more common mistake most of writers make is submitting without ever reading the publication. Personally I forbid the simultaneous submission. Multiple submission is a waste of reviewer's time and it swamps the journal.

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

A: Yes, I like cover letters. lists of previous publication matters but it should be given in a conscise way.

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

A: I read whole piece two or three times. Sometimes I read them aloud, it helps in catching the tonality of work. I like to give proper time to each piece as after submission I feel a emotional connection with them.

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

A: I like to have footnote along with the writing piece. They help in probing the writing process in depth.

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

A: i like to read them while I am alone. Most of time I read them in early morning before sun rising. It used to be very placid and peaceful moment while you are alone. It helps in keeping yourself along with the rhythm of piece. I read them again and again after frequent gaps, don't want to give first look rejection.

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

A: It is so important, look how easy it has made the whole submission process and contact. Getting yourself efficient with modern technology helps in perfection. I learnt a lot about digital publication and formatting. I didn't come from writing profession. I am doctor by profession. Writing and editing is my creative passion.

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

A: I like basic proofreading. I don't like to make major chopping or changing lines. I have personally endured this type of interference while an editor changed a lot in my writing.

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

A: Yes I would like to do that. I think awards makes publishing lucrative. Arc Magazine has an annual award ARC AWARD. Winners of Arc Award would be nominated for More higher awards like Pushcart Prize.