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Here is a small sampling from our recent Editor Interviews. We have interviewed over 1,875 editors.

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

A: In-depth interviews and essay-length reviews, short stories and fiction and non-fiction extracts, the chance for readers to get to know current authors from around the world, and giving voice to literary translators.

Mark Reynolds, Editor of Bookanista, 03 March 2021

A: The fact that we have not been around long enough to be influenced by trends.

Leann Denman, Editor-in-chief of BOMBFIRE, 02 March 2021

A: We aim to encourage the writer within and not to dampen the creative spirit. We publish new and experienced writers from around the world who would not usually be considered for publication.

A: We are an independent public media team of journalists publishing work by excellent freelancers and authorities writing service articles, essays and opinion pieces. We have been doing this daily since 2012. Our articles are often republished by our media partners Forbes and MarketWatch.

Richard Eisenberg, Managing Editor of Next Avenue, 28 February 2021

A: 1. In our Cross-Ties features, contributors are invited to write a short piece celebrating another author or artist who identifies as a woman or as non-binary. It's a way lift each other up.
2. Each of the poems or stories we publish is paired with art; sometimes the art has been created by our featured artist, and sometimes it's created by Molly Dunham, our in-house collage artist.
3. We offer critique on poems or stories for a small fee.
4. We are actively working to be anti-racist, and to that end, we offer free submissions to people of color. We also offer a "Free Submission Sunday" once per issue. Watch for it on social media!
5. Our Fairlies feature highlights a reprint by an author of color.
6. We give shout-outs to our contributors on social media when they have good news to share.
7. Our turnaround time for submissions is fairly quick.

A: I work with therapists who review any content that’s clinical in nature. There’s a lot of information online, but it’s important to me that my readers have access to information that’s accurate and evidence-based.
Also, I have a background as a Fortune 500 writer and freelance editor. When I work with writers, I provide in-depth feedback to ensure they end up with a high quality, polished piece for their writing portfolio.

A: I think what sets us apart is our focused mission on providing a space for socially conscious literature and performance art. We are not just a publisher; we are an artist collective.

A: We don't seek professional writers or published writers. We focus solely on the everyday mom who needs a place to rant, laugh, cry, share, encourage, etc.

Darlene Pistocchi, Editor-in-cheif of ScreaminMamas, 20 February 2021

A: Most of our contributors have come forward about their mental health journey in hopes of overcoming a stigma they are living under every day. My goal as a Creative Director is to share their power, imagination, and emotional experiences.

A: We focus on literary fiction and not genre fiction. We want to get to the gritty details of what life is like for GLBTQI people, both good and bad.

A: A few things.
First, we're very big on shared settings and collaborations. An author can go it alone and sure, he or she can do a good job. Yet there's always room for editorial input. An author has to learn to let an artist handle the visuals. And unless that author is going to pump out a dozen novels a year, consider letting others expand on their work with stories of their own. If authors cannot delegate, cannot trust others, then they'll be stuck doing a great deal of work.
The second thing is that we're constantly looking for a new angle when it comes to marketing. Sure, we'll advertise and attend conventions. But we're constantly trying to expand what we do and open new doors. Twitter and Facebook groups alone just don't cut it, and anyone who thinks otherwise is in for a rude awakening.

A: I think one thing we focus on is being accessible. We pride ourselves on being literary but also down to earth. All our editors are somehow connected to Woburn, MA, which is a little city outside of Boston, but it feels like something out of Friday Night Lights. Everyone in town comes to the football games on Friday nights. There are a lot of townies, but we also have a vibrant immigrant community. We want our journal to feel like that. Lots of voices, but one community. We've got each others' backs.
We also focus on featuring new writers and artists, especially young writers, so we've created an off-shoot called the Shallow End that only publishes creative works by students ages 18 and younger. Most of our editors are connected to education in some way, so we care a lot about the next generation of writers and artists.