Editor Interviews

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

A: We regard quality over marketability. If it is good, we will publish it.

A: Personal, one-to-one engagement with each author, plus a totally unique approach to story-telling as contained in the book How Stories Really Work.

A: We like to push the boundary of what and what shouldn't be published. While we pay detailed attention to fake news, we strive to publish that's ground-breaking and time-worthiness

A: Our favorite magazines publish beautiful, heart-wrenching stories, but very frequently we don't see ourselves within them. To us, writing through a millennial lens requires stories to be fresh, culturally relevant, inclusive, honest, and off-beat. This doesn't mean stories must be by or about millennials; however, we are primarily interested in showcasing the modern experiences of twenty-to-thirty somethings and in exploring what it means to be of this generation.
Additionally, much of the feedback we’ve had from authors is how collaborative we are compared to other mags. We want to make sure the stories reflect their intent and are as great as they can be. We’re also one of the few online magazines with print capability. We have our stories formatted in two different ways—on web pages and in a downloadable PDF. This PDF allows the issue to be read on other devices, with or without internet access, and it can be printed in a more traditional and easy-to-read format should someone choose to. It prevents lots of extra printing on our end, but can still give readers the tactile experience if wanted.

A: One of the things that makes us unique is that we are staffed entirely by undergraduates. We also publish on a rolling basis, so our response and turnaround time is often much quicker than other publications.

A: We respond in 30 days or less; we pay $100 per piece for all the art (visual and written) we publish; we will publish anything that moves us!

A: We only publish work by people who are chronically ill and/or disabled, but their work is not limited to only being about illness or disability. We also pay all of our contributors.

Olivia Spring, Founder & Editor of SICK, 14 November 2019

A: We look for literary works that embrace the dark, that confuse, that gain more with each reading, that surprise us, that sometimes disgust us, but that always stay with us

A: We keep our issues small with the intention that readers digest a whole issue in one sitting. Issues are curated so that the poems all "speak" to each other, offering varying facets of a singular issue.

A: We tend to take on new and unestablished writers with a fresh new feel to the writing

A: Jelly Bucket places on emphasis not only on publishing quality fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, but also on the publication of art pieces designed and centralized around text-as-art. We often feature authors or pieces that we find especially noteworthy with extra care--including additional material and interviews with the authors.

A: Our magazine is edited by students but publishes work from contributors of all ages and from all over the world. Our project is part of the pre-professional arts training at The Chicago High School for the Arts, itself a unique institution created to promote access to the arts for underrepresented communities. Our publication is likewise interested in showcasing work by emerging writers and artists and those from underrepresented communities, though we are open to all contributors.