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Editor Interview: Eyelands International Short Story Contest

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

A: fiction on specific theme

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

A: I enjoy reading almost any kind of fiction but I have a soft spot for American classics, such as Philip Roth, Kurt Vonnegut and Philip Dick

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

A: Our competition has been running for the past 9 consecutive years and we feel particularly proud for giving the opportunity to writers from all over the world to see their work published in print - sometimes for the very first time! - but also to offer them a holiday in a very special beach house on the island of Crete. We believe this beautiful, peaceful setting is every writer's dream, the perfect place to concentrate on writing while enjoying a gorgeous, relaxing landscape. We are also very proud to be the only international literary competition based in Greece and we have been blessed with submissions by truly remarkable authors who have, slowly but steadily, built a creative community around Eyelands short story contest.

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

A: No matter what your style or genre is, if your writing is well-crafted Eyelands is definitely the competition to submit to!

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: Imaginative, unpretentious, well-crafted, gripping

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

A: We are open to submissions by all kinds of authors, regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic background, age, experience etc. Although we are always interested in getting to know the authors who submit to us, cover letters or previous publishing credits don't really matter to us; all that matters is the writing itself.

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

A: We read all submissions to the end

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

A: The type of editing depends on the submission but authors always get to approve the final edits