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

A: It is increasingly important, both from an audience consumption perspective, and an environmental one.

A: All submissions and communication is done online.
At the end of February 2019 the "Anthology of Winning Poems" will be available as a Kindle eBook and a paperback on Amazon.

A: Online Writing Tips .com is a web resource featuring video clips, so I guess we're very tied to current technologies. But I do remain a bibliophile; I think the book is a wonderful technology that's yet to be improved upon.

A: Audiences--disproportionately young, inventive, and active readers and writers--are embracing online interfaces for engaging with literary journals, so any publication that doesn't embrace the internet is making a decision to limit its audience. Those excluded by such a decision would be the creative forces of the next generation, many of whom may not have access to traditional forms of literary distribution; such a decision is inherently political.

Valentine Conaty, Editor in Chief of Bomb Cyclone, 13 February 2019

A: All of our submissions are electronic and it is absolutely vital for publishers to embrace current technologies and adapt as things change. I particularly think this is easy as far as literary journals go. Presses should also consider being fully electronic so we can be more environmentally responsible. There is a world of tools at our disposal currently that make it easy for us to save a few forests.

A: Traditional tends to be slow. The more art out in the world, the better. There is something for everyone, and it sucks if it's sitting in a slush pile for 9 months.

A: Very important. Sometimes, I just hit read aloud on my computer and let technology tell me what's on the screen and take notes of what I like while listening. It also gives me a good chuckle when I see someone sent in a submission, followed guidelines, via a smartphone. I do it too.

A: We are more traditional.

A: We believe the time has come to embrace our inevitable digital future and convert all libraries into homeless shelters.

A: I think everyone in this business needs to embrace new technologies. We are considering a service for submitters, and I'm thinking about getting an intern to help with social media since I am time-crunched. It is hard for me to believe anyone submits by USPS these days, or that anyone accepts those submissions. Social networking is an easy, free way to promote your publication.

A: Current technologies are what allow me to publish Willawaw onlline as I do not have the resources to publish in print at this time. Receiving emailed submissions allows poets and artists from around the world to easily participate, and they do! Social networking is a vital part of my promotion of Willawaw. It greatly enhances the outreach.

A: When it comes to poetry, I believe there is a place for both the old and the new. I admit that before the era of Facebook, I was a bit of a snob when it came to publication—I wanted my work to appear in print journals only because it seemed more "legit" to me. I liked being able to hold a tangible object (the journal containing my poem) in my hand and showing it off to my mom and all the neighbors. Now I lean more toward online publications because of the easy accessibility and, of course, the instant gratification one gets from sharing it with the whole (internet) world in real time. However, I do lament the fact that print journals are not getting as much "airplay" as they did when they were the only forums for publication; there should be a healthy balance here.