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Editor Interview: Avenir Eclectia

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

A: SF/Fantasy Microfiction

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

A: Digital Dragon Magazine, Residential Aliens, Ray Gun Revival, Flying Island Press, Port Yonder Press

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

A: Stephen Lawhead, Jeremy Robinson, Frank Creed, Amy Deardon, Chris Walley

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

A: Avenir Eclectia is a shared storyworld where any contributor can use settings and characters that already exist - or make their own in another corner of the growing mosaic. We also love microfiction at under 500 words. Even 150 words can make an awesome vignette.

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

A: Read up on all the background information on the site and also the "Inside Avenir Eclectia" site where authors can discuss developments. Be aware of the storyworld's general feel and avoid making drastic changes to the basic conditions, as these will not be accepted. We have many people of faith involved in reading and writing here, so anti-faith sentiments will not be tolerated. But we don't want anyone getting preachy, either.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: 150-400 words in length (longer ones won't be rejected just for that); provides good insight and expansion to the existing storylines; not necessarily a full story, vignettes are fine; fits with the overall vision; provides an intense emotional experience in as few words as possible.

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

A: Taking existing characters and doing something with them that the original creator did not intend; submitting overlong pieces; details of storyworld that may have been overlooked.

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

A: Sure, that stuff is interesting. I like to know with whom I am dealing. A general bio would be the minimum if I don't know you already from somewhere else.

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

A: Our pieces are so short that I have to read the whole thing! If your submission runs to a second page... it's probably too long for us.

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

A: Mainly that pre-existing characters and settings, as well as storyworld fundamentals, are used in a manner consistent with what has gone before, to avoid any kind of contradictions.

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

A: About one day a month I go through the submissions stack. I tweak stories where needed, discuss any changes with the authors, and then schedule them for publishing three times a week.

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

A: It's the only way to go forward, and it has made ventures like this possible.