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Editor Interview: The Moth

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

A: Funny, quirky, lyrical.

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

A: The Paris Review, Tin House, The Believer

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

A: "I skim the serious American journals where I send work, but I actually *read* The Moth and I aspire to it. My friend the nun is shocked, I think, by the work … but she is reading it too, in her Italian cloister. She is probably praying for you."--a subscriber

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

A: Read a copy of The Moth.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: A heartbreaking work of staggering genius from a first-time author.

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

A: They don't read the magazine.

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

A: Not a whole lot. A couple of lines should do it.

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

A: I'll read on as long as I'm compelled to do so by the work.

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

A: None.

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

A: It's essential. Without it we wouldn't have a magazine. But the romance of publishing still lies in the smell of the ink.