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Here is a small sampling from our recent Editor Interviews. We have interviewed over 1,550 editors.

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

A: Focus on the unimportant, personal and trivial. Engagement with the narratives of the marginalized. Breaking the hierarchy between high culture and the popular.

Debojit Dutta, Founder and Editor of Antiserious, 18 May 2018

A: We welcome unpublished authors in the genre of alternate history, or near-genres such as steampunk, science fiction, and urban fantasy. We are also very keen to publish poetry with historical, science fiction, or associated topics.

A: Our particular brand of nonfiction--biography, memoir, and personal essays--is more defined that many other nonfiction publication. It attempts to fill a niche of approachable, recognizable writers and subjects but delivered by writing that is memorable and lyrical.

Mark Leichliter, Editor-in-chief of bioStories, 09 May 2018

A: Mandy: Our creative development process, where we help authors who aren't quite ready for publication to hone their skills and polish their stories.
Dusty: That and our personalized approach, especially with our first-time authors; plus the fact that we modify the mold to fit each of their unique voices and visions, rather than trying to make them conform to any preset model.

A: We work with our artists. Most sites just reject pieces that aren't at publishable quality, but we like to provide feedback and help artists revise their work if we feel like there's really something there. Very few, if any, literary sites do that and I'm really proud that that's something we are able to provide the art/writing community.

A: All of the work we publish is musically-inspired, personal writing, and we publish playlists to accompany each volume.

A: MORIA is a national literary magazine with an all-undergraduate-student editorial board. It is student-run, student-managed, and student-edited but not student-written. The undergraduates are not interns but compose the editorial board. That's fairly unusual for professional literary magazines.

Linda Dove, Faculty Editor of Moria, 20 April 2018

A: Care, Design, Intelligence. We put a lot of thought into the interplay of design & art & literature. We invite readers to come with us.

A: Our team reads our submissions carefully and provided detailed feedback so that new authors can improve their work.

A: We differ from Good Housekeeping in that we focus on dead people. We differ from obituaries in our specificity. Says contributing editor Jennifer Cumby, “No one publishes what we publish. Our essays range from the heartbreaking to the absurd and they evoke times, places, cultures, and people who have completely and irrevocably disappeared. There might be a million types of cornbread, but none will be my grandmother's. [http://www.deadhousekeeping.com/entries/2015/5/28/lizs-cornbread] In a way, we are instructing people to accomplish tasks that are impossible to recreate."

A: Radical inclusivity. By this I mean that we strive to create a space in which creative's at varying levels in the journey of their craft coexist without hierarchy and with a willed blindness to their educational or publishing achievements. The most important guiding light for me, as an editor, is the heart and spirit behind what each person is striving to say or show. AHC was founded because it seemed all too apparent that the majority of publications seemed to put far too much emphasis (evidenced by the bios of their contributors) on educational status and achievement i.e. MFA programs and the like. The goal of Anti-Heroin Chic is to include everyone, within reason, as much as possible. We believe strongly, as Jack Kerouac says, that "everyone has the vision, what they lack is the method." Hopefully we are like a holding station for the development of that method. We believe everyone has a story to tell, and we'd like to hear as many as possible and not all from the same place or walk of life. We had the opportunity recently to publish the writings of inmates who are currently on Death Row in San Quentin, and who have turned to writing as a way of coping and transcending the desperate, harsh and unforgiving world that they are in. These voices are important to me and we need to begin hearing more of them in the literary world. The second major thing that sets us apart is a committed focus to drug addiction and recovery. We strive to publish writers who have struggled and survived addiction and also those who have lost loved ones to addiction. As our country is facing a major drug crises, we believe firmly that creativity is one of the most potent ways to bring hope and light through testaments of survival.

A: We pride ourselves on providing only the highest possible quality cover art, formatting, and editing to our authors. We also work with our authors and provide them with as much input and influence on the process as possible, making sure they feel included in the work to publish their book.