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

A: I have never seen a lot mag that only publishes work in the format of a letter.

A: In February 2018 the first poetry competition of WeArtFriends was announced – we called it the Poetry Tournament as we believe that poets (as well as all other creative people) compete as noble knights and support each other.
The publication which resulted from this competition is called "Anthology of Winning Poems" and it contains unique pieces not only from the winners (Kelsi Rose - First Prize with the poem “Sunday Sacrament”, Eleanor Snare - Second Prize with the poem “This Word Is not the Right Word” and Tamara Miles – Third Prize with the poem “How to Stop Your Dog from Howling”) but also works from the six runners-up. We hope that our publication will help other poets stay inspired and keep transforming their dreams into art!

A: We run an annual competition, which is always free to enter, and which pays prize money. We publish a long list and a short list with the aim of recognising and rewarding as many writers as possible. There are richer story competitions, but none brought to you with more love: our only goal is to encourage new and experienced writers to excel, regardless of their means or location.

A: While we offer genre categories as a means to facilitate evaluating submissions, we don't maintain quotas for poetry, prose, translation, and mixed media for each issue, nor do we organize works published by genre; each issue is composed of works speaking to one another across genre and medium. These genres, while broadly representative of forms we're interested in exhibiting, are far from exhaustive: we love being challenged to approach work in new ways.

Valentine Conaty, Editor in Chief of Bomb Cyclone, 13 February 2019

A: Raising Mothers focuses strictly on the voices of marginalized femme presenting POC. Our goal is to level the playing field with work by mother writers of color. In the mother literary field, we are expressly unique as an actual literary space in highlighting only marginalized people.

A: We do our best to publish a story daily. We get excited when we feature someone's first publication, and we get excited when we feature someone's 20th publication. We are kind people. We have a dog whose breath is like an exploded rendering plant.

A: The theme. It's an anthology of 42 stories of 42 words in 42 chapters of genre, ideally by 1,764 different writers. There's a story of excellence award for each chapter. Plus, we're giving a portion of sales to charity.

A: We choose the best collection of poetry submitted to us without regard for the current trends in MFA programs. We are looking for writers who are not academics. We also publish New and Selected editions.

A: We are particularly interested in weird, transgressive material, preferably the product of disturbed social outcasts and outsiders (or at least those suffering from profound clinical depression). Or, in other words, we're looking for content that's unlikely to be published by more principled, upstanding publications.

A: We are new and figuring that out. Our writers & artists are pretty diverse, from Gen Z to Baby Boomers (we've even had some high schoolers and college students) and spanning the globe. Yet we're still firmly grounded in the south, in Richmond, Virginia, with all our history and controversy. Subject matter varies, is sometimes surprising, and sometimes runs commercial as opposed to literary. I think our art is going to help us stand apart from other publications—our new art editor, Leeta Harding, is quite simply amazing.

A: PPM publishes women’s art and writing that reflects global women's issues and experiences. We strive to give voice to women--an under represented and often oppressed collective in the art and literary world--by promoting works that embody the female experience, whether these be political, professional, personal, domestic, relational, social, spiritual, or other feminist interests.

A: The poet laureate poem prompts and editor's response model craft and authenticity for the poets and artists as well as the readers. I want a great poem to lead contributors to their best work. So with each issue, I set the bar high but can still be inclusive in embracing new with established writers and artists.