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

A: My favorite writer very currently right now I'm a huge Emily Henry fan. I know that she is a romantic comedy author, and although I love this genre, it isn't the only genre we are looking for in our mag. I believe what I particularly love about Emily Henry's writing is her ability to grab her readers with comedic lines that completely capture her character. I believe if another of her character used one of their lines, it wouldn't have worked as well as it did on the original character.
As for what Art, I am a huge Timothy Goodman fan. Timothy Goodman is a New York-based artist that mostly deals with Graphic Arts and blending Creative Writing with it. Although his work is writing-based and word-based, It's the vulnerability in his words that captures me and leaves me constantly waiting for more of his work.

A: our favourite writers, hands down, are our contributors. sledgehammer is like a family, and we love seeing our contributors work placed with us and with other mags.

A: Margaret Atwood, Kazuo Ishiguro, Kelly Link, Edward Hirsch, Cixin Liu, Yoon Ha Lee, Nnedi Okorafor, Ursula Le Guin, Sofia Samatar, Amelia Grey, Ted Chiang, Kazuo Ishiguro, Margaret Atwood, Ken Liu, Sabrina Orah Mark, J.R.R. Tolkien, Virginia Woolf, Audre Lorde, and Rita Dove.

A: As a writer I read as much as I can though the busier I am with writing the lesser I read. I just reread a book called Beasts I love by Joyce Carol Oates. I love Shirley Jackson and Mary Shelley and Shakespeare. My favorite poem is called How To Like It by Stephen Dobyns who is also a novelist I admire. He wrote a book called The Church of the Dead Girls I love.

A: I have so many favorite writers. It's hard to choose. I've always been attracted to stories written by women about women. Which is probably why I ended up creating HerStry. I have a deep love for LM Montgomery and the Anne of Green Gables series. But not just that series. LM Montgomery wrote some amazing poetry. Other writers that I've loved over the years: Elswyth Thane, Rufi Thorpe, Chelsea Beiker, Lilly King, Paulette Jiles, J. Ryan Stradal, Ann Napolitano...I could go on and on and never really come to an all time favorite.

Julia Nusbaum, Editor-in-Chief/Founder of HerStry, 04 September 2021

A: We publish both writing and artwork. Of the writers we have published, our most recent contributor, Holly Day, has an amazing ability to juxtapose melancholy with very difficult subjects, creating this bittersweet atmospheric poetry. Of our artists, Lillian Braswell does not shy away from very bold visuals depicting the nuances of femininity and womanhood.

A: We have over 150 authors writing Holmes and its impossible to chose favourites - but a few to mention. David Marcum has written and edited more Holmes stories than anyone else, Daniel Victor has had more translated into Italian, Amy Thomas is our bestselling female author, Richard Ryan our bestselling male author, Don Smith often quoted as the closest to Conan Doyle's style, Phil Growick creator and curator of our Art of Sherlock Holmes project, Maureen Whittaker who has penned our biggest book of 2020 (Jeremy Brett IS Sherlock Holmes) and David MacGregor whose 'Sherlock Holmes The Hero With A Thousand Faces' is a two volume epic for 2021. Janina Woods has helped us into the manga light novel arena with 'Beasts of London' and Steve Herczeg's short story collections are storming forward on audio (our fastest growing format). Too many others to mention but those are a few.

A: We publish young African writers and nonAfrican afrocentric writers who tell of the unique African experience with a thrilling and enchanting style.

A: We talk about this in our submission guidelines!

A: My favorite writers are a mix of past and present authors. Some of them strongly influenced my own writing and editorial style, others are simply incredible at their craft. Some of my favorite current authors include Michael Ondaatje, Garth Greenwell, Solmaz Sharif, Lauren Groff, Margaret Renkl, Brandon Taylor, Jenn Shapland, T Kira Madden, Alexander Chee, Paul Lisicky, Donna Tartt, Jon Pineda, Danez Smith.

A: Our Illustrator Contest is connected to our Writer contest (we assign a winning story to a winning illustrator every year and publish them both in a national bestselling anthology), L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future.
My favorite writer is L. Ron Hubbard. His legacy was for this contest to continue to launch careers of writers and illustrators who are not yet fully professional - in other words, their sole income is not yet illustrating or writing. All of my judges are my favorites, past and present (meaning some have passed away). Ilustrator judges:
Frank Frazetta, Moebius, Will Eisner, Edd Cartier, Jack Kirby, Paul Lehr, Frank Kelly-Freas, Leo & Diane Dillon, Bob Eggleton, Echo Chernik, Lazarus Chernik, Larry Elmore, Shaun Tan, Stephan Martiniere, Craig Elliott, Stephen Youll, Sergey Poyarkov, Ciruelo, Dan dos Santos, Val Lakey-Lindahn, Mike Perkins, Rob Prior, Stephen Youll, Vincent DiFate and Laura Freas-Beraha. Writer Judges: Algis Budrys, Jack Williamson, Brandon Sanderson, Larry Niven, David Farland, Tim Powers, Jerry Pournelle, Robert Silverberg, Roger Zelazny, Gregory Benford, Nnedi Okorafor, Orson Scott Card, Anne McCaffrey, Todd McCaffrey, Frederik Pohl, Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Dean Wesley Smith, Robert J. Sawyer, Doug Beason, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Eric Flint, and Jody Lyn Nye.

A: We publish writers who tell of the unique African experience and throw light on human conditions.