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

A: Our unique format. Each standalone poem is printed on a sheet signed by its author and inserted in an elegant cover sleeve (the size of a 7-inch vinyl). The front features a short quote from the poem in the author’s handwriting and an original artwork to accompany it.

A: No other publication is edited by the creator of the fixed-form that it celebrates. Indeed, no other literary journal is dedicated to the Skinny poetry form and features the best poetry written in that form.

A: We have a specific mission to publish literary works that transform our thinking about how we engage with the earth and each other as thoughtful, generous stewards in our actions and interactions, whether on the trail, as consumers and makers, or around the table through genuine connection and respect for life.

A: Idle Ink strives to publish work that ignites a sense of curiosity in the reader; the weird, the complex, the difficult. We enjoy building strong, lasting relationships with our contributors and we do our best to support and promote their work long after working with them.

JL Corbett, Editor of Idle Ink, 17 November 2020

A: Our distinctly West Coast meet East Coast vibe. We're low key and rough around the edges, but sophisticated and elegant.

Kristen Simental, Editor-in-Chief of Five South, 16 November 2020

A: My hope is that ONE ART can amplify the voices I believe are urgent for others to hear. We live in urgent times. Bearing this in mind, I aim to limit the time between acceptance and publication. Usually, accepted work is published within 2-3 weeks. The rapidity of publication may alter a bit if I receive an overwhelming number of terrific submissions; this would, of course, be a good problem to have.

A: We are an online community for all artists wishing to display and discuss their work on individual submission threads within the free forum.

A: We're much more intimate and personable than your average journal. We like to know you by your name, and why you created what you created. The benefit of submitting to smaller literary journals is there is an opportunity for connection between editor and artist that doesn't manifest as often in larger presses.

A: I would like to think that RAR has a particular editorial style, which I may not be able to articulate, but which arises in part from the fact that no decisions are made by committee, and in part from having no fear of offending any institution or benefactor. RAR revels in that complete artisitic freedom which only comes from utter poverty.
Since I took the reins in 2015 I have answered to no one, and have made all decisions purely on the basis of "I like that one" or "Wow, that kind of sucks" (with an occasional "Okay, this isn't quite there yet, but let me see if I can tell you what troubles me about it").
For those poets who do get accepted at RAR, we offer a free ongoing online poetry workshop where poets can submit their work and get the advice of a large group of caring and intelligent fellow poets. As of August 2020 the group has been going for five years, with some of the original members still participating. Because it was virtual from the start, the workshop is one of the few institutions which have not been diminished by COVID. In fact, since the pandemic, the poets have begun holding ZOOM poetry readings, and have become even closer with one another.

A: We’re not afraid to publish things that are intense. A couple of pieces of work we absolutely adored and bought immediately we found out later had been turned down by several other markets because of the subject matter. We also find that we gravitate toward things that are sad.

A: Our focus is on the evolution of Platonism, and so we cover a broad area of topics from the period leading up to Plato until the present day, from various viewpoints, and from countries around the world.

A: We publish writing about art intersecting with humanity. We want to read about your weirdsies, your cultural kitsch, your artistic obsessions, your collections from childhood. We want to get up close and personal with visual artists, musicians, and writers. We're also open to spiritual writings, especially spiritual objects or experiences.

Liz Charlotte Grant, Contributing Editor of The Curator, 09 November 2020