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

A: Jeanie Mortensen, Jack Ridl, Diane Wakowski, Fleda Brown, Anne-Marie Oomen, Karen Anderson, Linda Sandow, Andy Skinner, and Brian Kainulainen

A: My favorite writers are those who have a story to tell … whose voice can no longer be quieted … whether by the inner dialogue they have told themselves for decades or from those around them … for those who have been systematically ignored … whose parts may be broken, but their sum total is absolutely perfect … for they are courageous and vulnerable and willing to step outside of their comfort zone … because they can no longer stay silent. These are the writers I want to hear from, whether their writing is "finished" or “not.” This means that we love writers who are famous and published, as well as those just starting out and this is their first submission.

A: Some of my favorite writers include Stephen King, Betty Rocksteady, Lucy A. Snyder, Bentley Little, Simon R. Greene, Dathan Auerbach, R.A. Salvatore, and Jim Butcher.

A: I am a vintage soul. So my favorite writers are Jane Austen, Wilfred Owen, Emily Brontee, John Keats, Rabindranath Tagore, and of course the father of literature, William Shakespeare.
In modern authors, I would say I truly admire the work of Nicholas Sparks, Mitch Albom, Kristin Cast, and Arundhati Roy.

A: I come from the performance poetry / spoken word scene, so my tastes reflect this. People like Salena Godden, Rachel Pantechnicon, Dandy Darkly, John Hegley and Ivor Cutler.

A: Artists: Alice Neel, Henry Matisse, Kara Walker.

A: Favorite writers include Gil Brewer, Day Keene, John D. MacDonald, Charles Williams, Donald Westlake under his Richard Stark pen-name, Max Allan Collins. If your writing is influenced by these writers or similar, we'd be interested in reading it.

A: My non-baseball answer is Gary Shteyngart as a writer. Outside of The Twin Bill, I do a lot of humor writing. I would love to see more humor in the submissions we get. Baseball is fun. In baseball, KD Casey just released a great book, Unwritten Rules. We were also lucky enough to publish one of her short stories.
I used to edit at a fine arts website, so I was always embarrassed to say Vincent Van Gogh was my favorite artist. I think there's a certain amount of playfulness in his work that I like in the pieces we publish. I take art very seriously. I never had an illustration for anything I published, so I want an image for every piece for our writers. We've been very lucky to publish a number of great artists and there is a fantastic baseball art community. I think Andy Lattimer, John David Cordova, and Sam Williams are some baseball artists doing great things.

A: If it isn't obvious from the logo we are Lovecraft fans. However, of living authors, we enjoy the likes of Thomas Ligotti and Eugene Thacker.

A: Writers: Richard Brautigan, Kiese Layman, Shirley Jackson, Billy Collins, Susan Cain, Oliver Sacks, Roald Dahl, and Octavia Butler.
Artists: Ansel Adams, Gustav Klimt, Frida Kahlo, Hilma af Klint, and Vivian Maier

A: Lucille Clifton, Billy Collins, Ron Rash, William Carlos Williams, Louise Glück... lots more

A: Not applicable as the competition winners chosen for C.U.P. publication are chosen by a qualified judge.