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Here is a small sampling from our recent Editor Interviews. We have interviewed over 2,000 editors.

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

A: As we describe ourselves, we’re a l'art pour art publication focusing on poetry, criticism, literature, art, and the abstract. We mostly don’t delve into identity, politics, or the latest fashions. Instead, we're committed to belles-lettres, the aesthetic evergreens of the written word and its contemporary evolution.

A: Unlike most magazines that typically publish 3-5 pieces by a writer or artist, we publish as many as 15 pieces. We do this to give a wider view of the artist's work.

A: We try to be a regional magazine with an international reach that is open to a wide range of voices and to poets in every stage of their writing lives. Every issue, we include some poets who are publishing their first poem, and we have many established poets who may be publishing with us for the first time. We do not charge a submission fee, and we try to be as egalitarian as possible in our reading practices.

A: We focus on work from booksellers because they know what is and isn't being published. We want work that is different, from the "overstock" in both ideation and in execution.

A: We are interested in a wide variety of styles, are uninterested in what's trending, don't care if you have a previous publication record, appreciate a light touch/humour, wish to avoid misery memoir.

James Bloom, Co-editor of Memoirist, 28 April 2022

A: Oaur stories and poetry are written by strong southerners, who are authentic, and most of whom are professional writers. They all have some link to our university and Health Sciences center, and they all live and work in the South. Most of them are professional writers who have traveled widely and written extensively, but some of them are novices and many are just starting medical students

A: Our brief – great writing inspired by the visual arts – is unusual, but not unique. We certainly don’t see ourselves in competition as anyone else publishing ekphrastic work.
In terms of the wider literary world, we do work really hard to be kind, approachable, responsive, transparent, and grateful to everyone who submits their work to us. That feels like the bare minimum we should offer to anyone willing to share something as precious as their writing with us, and it’s so disappointing (speaking from personal experience!) that there are still many publishers and journals out there who don’t manage to do this.

A: We focus on producing full cast audio productions from short stories between 7,000 and 10,000 words.

A: Our choices reflect the collective taste of the editorial board and our readers. And since we're writers, too, we believe in a kind and efficient submission process for everyone. We love all people and all people have stories to tell. We publish unknown writers and career authors. We look for pieces that surprise us, stray from the beaten path, and do something different. We like humor and strange settings.

A: One of our favorite things to hear from authors is how unique of an experience it is publishing with us. For our section of non-peer reviewed articles we accept submissions that highlight promising practices in the classroom or at an institution, as well as more theoretical pieces. Our editorial board works extremely closely with those authors to make sure that their vision and their ideas are printed in the best possible form. We hold many zoom meetings with authors, guide them through edits and concerns we have, help them with their APA (which usually includes showing them what pages information can be found on), and just generally spend dozens of hours on each article, a lot of which is done side by side with the authors in a meeting. Our non-peer reviewed work usually comes from graduate students, those in the dissertation process, and faculty without a research background who just want to share their ideas, so they tend to need a lot more guidance than experienced researchers submitting potential peer reviewed feature articles to us. We really do pride ourselves on pulling back the curtain on the publishing process for authors once they are accepted as a means to ensure they are as proud of their article as we are when it comes out, but also to help them when they attempt to publish with other journals in the future.

A: LEJ travels a continuum of alterity, disparate transfigurative avenues, and the subterfuge of the banal to dissolve boundaries of The Unmentionable in cultures around the globe.

A: It publishes a single ekphrastic or 'after' poem once every new and full moon, together with a 'behind-the-poem' note on the poem's inspiration, written by its author.