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Editor Interview: Valiant Scribe Literary Journal

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

A: Perspectives and voices

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

A: Harvard Review, Sojourners, Relevant, Reclaim Today, YMI Blogging, Frontier Poetry, and more.

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

A: Robert Frost, C.S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Jane Austen, D. H. Lawrence, Dylan Thomas, Toni Morrison, Francine Rivers, Kathleen Partridge, Trevor Noah, Bruce Wilkinson, Max Lucado, Christina Rossetti and more

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

A: We focus on material that evokes emotion and spurs to action. We seek to bridge divides: social issues and Christianity; & international voices and western perspectives.

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

A: Good questions to ask before submitting are:
Is this a social issue?
Is it an underrepresented perspective?
Is it true?
Does it advocate for the oppressed or unheard?
Does it come from love or is it well-intentioned?
Does it offer hope?
Does it advocate for the voiceless?

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: An ideal submission follows the submission guidelines. We also appreciate literature that's sublimely moving, it doesn't need to be shocking or combative. We want writing that encourages thought, discussion, and critical thinking.

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

A: We do not send rejection letters.
We contact submitters within 3 months - if we choose to publish their work. Furthermore, we sometimes reach out several months after receiving a submission, if a piece fits a more appropriate campaign later down the road.

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

A: We'd like a 100-200 word bio of the person submitting to us. We appreciate learning a little bit about the person's background and their previous publication credits.

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

A: We read every piece to the end. We believe it's a sign of respect to each author who submits to us.

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

A: In general, we like to evaluate if a submission is noble, right, pure, lovely, challenging, inspiring, brave, admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—.

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

A: Reading, reading, and reading again.

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

A: I think it's important to strike the right balance in both embracing modern technologies and retaining some traditional methods or values. At Valiant Scribe we try to do both, as resources and skill sets allow. We also try to do what best works for a large segment of our authors.

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

A: We try to retain the submission exactly as submitted. We do not provide substantive editing.
However, if we do edit or provide suggestions on a piece, we request the author reflects the changes or approves the final copy before it's published on the website.

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

A: Not at this moment, but we hope to do so in the future.