Editor Interview: The Boiler

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

A: Turn up the heat.

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

A: Split Lip Magazine, Southeast Review, New Delta Review, BOAAT, Waxwing, Glass Poetry, Nashville Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, Bennington Review, The Arkansas International, and more.

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

A: We're fans of many of our authors including: Eloisa Amezcua, Mai Der Vang, Chelsea Dingman, Cortney Lamar Charleston, Kayla Rae Candrilli, Zach VandeZande, Julie Marie Wade, Tatiana Ryckman, Jenny Molberg, Dorothy Chan, Paul Tran, Karisma Price, Sophia Terazawa, Diannely Antigua, Ángel Garcia, Sara Borjas.

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

A: We're excited about emerging and established authors that push boundaries and are willing to live on the edge. However, we appreciate craft and sophistication and appreciate work that lends itself to intelligent close-readings while at the same time are emotionally resonant for the reader.

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

A: We enjoy work that brings the heat. The first line and the first page need to be good. Before submitting, the writer should ask these questions: What's the emotional hook? How is form serving the work? Does the ending feel right?

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: The ideal submission feels like a discovery. It pushes emotional boundaries. It uses form in the best way possible. It brings the heat throughout. Turn up the heat.
Make it whistle 100°C +, sputter and steam. We’ll gauge the pressure.

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

A: The work is what matters. Flattery can get you so far, but the work should be what sells us. Ideally, the cover letter should keep it short and sweet.

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

A: On occasion, we will edit pieces if the piece has a great concept and enough good writing to sell us on the piece. Ultimately, we may make some suggestions, but the writer has the final say and approval.

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

A: Yes, absolutely. We've been featured in Bettering American Poetry and Best of the Net so far and hope to feature more authors in the future in other award anthologies.