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

A: Aside from publishing contemporary poems, the publication is willing to feature works which straddle that broad fence between poems and more experimental (but short) prose.

Cyril Wong, Founding Editor of SOFTBLOW, 17 June 2019

A: We were founded in July 1998 and have been publishing more-or-less continuously. This has given us a great deal of context for experimental, genre-bending, and transgressive work. We publish rolling content, not issues.

A: We're sharing stories by voices that might not have always traditionally been allowed to speak.

A: First off, our publication is free. This allows young people looking for information on spirituality full access. Because fiction was my first access to the world of magic, I wanted my magazine to have short stories. So, we publish art, and poetry, as well as fiction.

A: Hidden River Arts is "dedicated to serving the unserved artist". By that, we mean that we are eager to find writers who are not coming only from the most predictable places (like MFA programs). We welcome submissions from artists who are working outside the arts community, or away from the university campus. We welcome "outsider artists" who are earning their living as emergency room nurses, or taxi drivers, bartenders, cabaret performers, farmers, construction workers. One of our beloved writers worked previously as a veterinarian, and lives in Northern Ireland. We welcome artists of all ages -- and in fact are eager to receive work from older writers who are often ignored by traditional publishing. In fact, one of our literary awards is offered to women writers, age 40 and above, specifically because older women are the demographic most often ignored by other publishers. We welcome writers in English from anywhere in the world, and are dedicated to building an international family of writers among our published authors. Another thing that sets us apart is that we also provide support for playwrights, including those who create musicals. We will soon be launching an online arts journal, and our desire is to expand still more, to include visual artists, musicians, filmmakers -- and to begin working on interdisciplinary projects that include artists from all these areas of practice.

A: I'm not aware of any publication that publishes similar material to Witness. We are really focused on the American experience and how the world views it, but also in a profoundly personal and voyeuristic element of creating poetry and prose. Every editor says they publish the work that surprises them -- we don't. We publish the work that leaves an indelible mark on our psyche after reading it.

Wendy Wimmer, Fiction Editor of Witness, 04 June 2019

A: There are very few venues for spiritual poetry. Ours tries to provide a platform for poems which are true to both terms: “spiritual” and “poetry.”

Wayne-Daniel Berard, Co-Founding Editor of Soul-Lit, 03 June 2019

A: I can't seem to tell yet. Maybe the fact that it's an online magazine. This is our second year and we're planning to do a lot of things like, growing our staff. We're excited to do print and that's something we're looking forward to. Right now you have to download it or read it on Issuu.

A: Our imprint publishes a unique combination of historical fiction, YA, crime, memoir, biography and religious, political and social history. The Impress Prize finds and publishers new writing talent.

A: Many publications publishing spiritual works tend to be didactic; Ancient Paths shies away from preachy writing and poetry and leans more toward the subtle; it also deal with issues of doubt and spiritual struggle, and contains a mix of both traditional and free verse forms.

A: We exclusively publish student writers (graduate and undergraduate), providing a beautiful venue for short, vivid prose and poetry. We hope to publish writers from around the world.

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