Editor Interview: The Four Quarters Magazine

This interview is provided for archival purposes. The listing is not currently active.

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

A: Good writing

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

A: The Poetry Magazine, Narrative.

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

A: Amitav Ghosh, Philippa Gregory, Roland Barthes, Umberto Eco, Hanif Kureishi, Khalid Hosseini

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

A: The same way in which good writing sets apart good writers from the rest.

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

A: Read your work, and if you do not like it, or feel it is not good enough, only then send it to us. If you feel that your work is absolutely perfect, and does need any improvement, then maybe you should rethink your decision to become a writer. But that is a general thing to say, of course. For prospective submitters: please do not send us your work in the body of your email. We accept ONLY word documents.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: No comments about that.

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

A: Usually the email ID, and the word document formatting. If you are submitting more than one poem, or short story, then you should include them in one word doc instead of putting them in separate files.

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

A: Not much. Except for the usual details like location, profession and the sort of genre they usually work with.

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

A: All of it. If there is consistently bad grammar till halfway through it, then we do not continue reading. Other than that we read through all of it.

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

A: We have a peer review process. After the editorial decision, the peers go through the work. If they approve of it, only then do we accept it.

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

A: Read. Edit. Read. Edit.

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

A: If you mean advanced technologies when you say 'modern', then I'd say that it is essential for publishers to adopt newer methods and techniques of publishing for primarily two reasons: in order to get more readers, and in order to connect to more good writers across the world.