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

A: We aim to elevate the health-related stories and voices of vulnerable populations and those who care for them. These are the voices that have been left out of the healthcare conversations for far too long. These are the stories that, if health systems had regular access to, can change healthcare for the better. They are creative and accessible for every type of reader, from every walk of life. They speak truths rarely heard in healthcare spaces. Each issue has a theme and a mission! For example, we are trying to de-stigmatize Mental Health, to open up the conversation around Bias, and to give patients and providers a place to tell their COVID-19 stories.

A: We're willing to take risks, I guess, on the work, nontraditional, experimental. We're also willing to take risks on first-time writers. Our Young Writers section holds space for a diverse range of young voices from across the globe.

A: This year is our forty-fifth birthday, and I think being the oldest feminist press in the country has given the publication real weight and inspiration. This is a space specifically eked out for new and emerging writers and for under-represented voices. We work to make our publication a platform for women and non-binary writers and artists to make their own. Also, we are still ensconced in a print medium, so our journal has a reputation for being slick and gorgeous. It makes for a great coffee table book because in addition to the literature, we also have a stunning art insert and a glossy cover.

A: Panel magazine is a unique publication in English that represents and highlights the region of Central and Eastern Europe.
We consider not only pieces that have been produced in the region, but also those that were inspired by these lands.
We truly believe in the artistic potential and strength of Central and Eastern Europe.

A: The American Dissident encourages readers and contributors to criticize the editor and journal and publishes the harshest criticisms received in each and every issue. Also, the journal is open to both left and right-wing opinions. The final paragraph in my editorial for last issue (#41) summarizes this: "Finally, when I accepted his poem, 'January 6, 2021' (see next page), though told him I didn’t agree with it, Dan Sklar wrote: 'That's one of the things I have always respected about you, open to all viewpoints.' And I thought, if everyone had the same viewpoints, then I’d have no grist at all for creating critical writing and critical cartoons. Indeed, confronting different viewpoints provokes thought and creativity, at least for me. Equally, I must thank Dan for his openness. Hell, he was the only professor ever to have invited me to his classes to speak to his students…"

A: I think the website design is nice (it should be because I chose it!). I think it's also possible I spend more time looking through submissions than other magazines, trying to discover the undiscovered gems. Also the publication schedule, publishing a new poet every Wednesday and Sunday, I haven't seen that elsewhere.

A: The variety of work we publish, to consistent and exacting standards. We respect our would-be contributors’ good faith and offer feedback to show our choices are not whimsical or arbitrary. Our concerns are practical and contextual as well as intrinsic: poems need to optimise the A5 page, we have no more or less than 60 pages and each issue has to cohere. They also have to do their author and fellow authors full justice in the longer-term.

A: We publish people from all walks of life. Many of our contributors do not have direct links to the writing or art world (MFAs, etc). And many have been published more than once. We are a community who believes in honest art that doesn't get too caught up in the noise.

SE Harsha, Founder & Managing Editor of Press Pause, 23 March 2021

A: We strive to be artist and writer friendly with the rights we ask for, all submissions are free, we have three small cash prizes, and first and foremost we are a group of artists and writers who set to create a space for creatives like ourselves.

A: Solum's mission is to uplift young or undiscovered Christian authors, philosophers, and artists, and provide a space for them to interact and grow from one another. Additionally, we hope to initiate dialogue between the modern renaissances in evangelical literature, philosophy, and spiritual formation by putting them together in one place.
The breadth of work we publish is quite wide compared to other journals. We primarily publish poetry, but also short stories, nonfiction and spiritual essays, analytic philosophy articles, homilies, and visual art. We’ve basically run the gamut of established literary art forms to give the widest possible swath of Christian artists a voice.
Our preferred styles and genres are pretty unique in the field. In short stories, we prefer the stylistic conventions of Southern Gothic, postmodern, experimental, and country noir or “grit lit.” For nonfiction and spiritual essays, we prefer both personal / spiritual narratives and more scholarly work in the vein of Dallas Willard, Henri Nouwen, John Coe, Steve Porter, and others. For philosophy, we prefer work dealing with philosophy of religion, theological aesthetics, philosophy of mind, and philosophical theology.
There are very few literary journals out there looking for work in these areas (particularly Southern Gothic and country noir, and the analytic philosophy and spiritual formation essays we prefer), and even fewer looking to bring literature, philosophy, and spiritual formation together in the same place.

A: We do not label our published pieces by genre. Whether it looks traditional or abstract, whether it reads like verse or prose or something in between, whether it seems true or fantasy or both, we do not affix the stamp of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, etc. We also provide a multi-media experience per issue. Each piece is carefully paired with a background and two companions. Companions include photograph, film, painting, sculpture, music, craft, and more. We hope that our readers feel surrounded by art as they scroll down the page, take in the images, listen to the soundscape, and launch into reading each piece.

A: Our core value is to publish the writing not the writer. Of course, we’re delighted to receive great work from established writers, but we also like to hear from unknown writers and from writers resident all over the world. We’ve published great work by young writers and writers from under-represented groups and minorities and would love to receive more.