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Here is a small sampling from our recent Editor Interviews. We have interviewed over 1,650 editors.

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

A: We are slow publishers who take pains to curate works which discuss important social issues in creative ways. Particularly we are interested in the creation of worlds and imagination as a subversive act which saves lives. Our focus is the weird, eerie, science fiction, think-piece oriented creative writing, sound art, and visual experimentation.

Mauve Perle Tahat, Executive Editor, Founder of TERSE. Journal, 09 April 2019

A: Our competition has been running for the past 9 consecutive years and we feel particularly proud for giving the opportunity to writers from all over the world to see their work published in print - sometimes for the very first time! - but also to offer them a holiday in a very special beach house on the island of Crete. We believe this beautiful, peaceful setting is every writer's dream, the perfect place to concentrate on writing while enjoying a gorgeous, relaxing landscape. We are also very proud to be the only international literary competition based in Greece and we have been blessed with submissions by truly remarkable authors who have, slowly but steadily, built a creative community around Eyelands short story contest.

A: We publish a variety of genres, not all of it belletristic. Apart from publishing first rate new work by contemporary writers of poetry, fiction and personal essay we also publish cultural criticism and symposia on cultural issues such as Race, Religion and Nationalism, Identity, Kitsch, The Sense of the Past, The Clash of Civilizations, and so on.

Peg Boyers, Executive Editor of Salmagundi, 26 March 2019

A: We love the traditional western story, but we are not strictly limited to that era. We have published stories and articles about modern ranches, mysteries, detectives and rodeos. So long as the setting is west of the Mississippi and the themes are appropriate, we're interested. In addition to articles and short stories, we are open to poetry, serials and graphic novels. Our pages feature the work of new talent along with major award-winning writers in every issue.

A: We're pretty new to the game, so are hungry to read everything you send to us. We won't make you wait too long for a response--maybe a few weeks and you'll hear from us. If there's others publishing a similar theme we'd love to read it also, so let us know.

A: There currently isn't a single quarterly literary publication in print or online that's focused specifically on all things sleep (sleep disorders, sleep problems, sleep health, sleep medicine, dreams, etc.)

Tamara Sellman RPSGT CCSH, Editor, curator, producer of Vitamin ZZZ, 16 March 2019

A: There’s so much that could separate us from others, but above all else, there’s this taste we have (that you’ll have to look for yourself) that sets us apart.

A: The fact that we are willing to accept length articles and stories up to 25,000 words in length.

A: We strive for a unique blend of emerging and established writers. We have attracted pieces by the Rilke Award winning poet, Robin Metz, and first time writers. Established journalists and writers, and young people hoping to make a mark. We also feature photo essays and art work that sets us apart from most other journals.
Our art skews toward photography, although we have some wonderful oil paintings to be included in our next issue. Because our interiors are black and white, we look for work that can make a statement in monochrome.

A: Literature as opposed to hack writing (for profit) or pulp fiction. Also, generally a lack of digimodern (post-postmodern) references, though those may sometimes be found.

A: We put a focus on writers who have studied the craft; new writers (no matter the age) who have recently completed or are currently studying writing at a graduate-level—MAs, MFAs etc. We consider everyone, at every stage, but our primary goal with the magazine is to give voice to those who have put time (and certainly money) into studying the art.

A: Salt Hill strives to reflect the idiosyncratic tastes of its editors, who are themselves emerging writers in the Syracuse MFA program. Our literary tastes are broad, eclectic, and inclusive. We publish work that we’re genuinely excited about, regardless of genre, subject matter, or style. We’ll gush about your work to our fellow cohort members, cross our fingers hoping you’ll come to AWP, and go “wow, that story inspired me to write something different!”
Bottom line: we want to be your work’s biggest fans. Don’t be afraid to take risks and show us who you really are. - Ariel

Ariel Chu, Rainie Oet, Myriam Lacroix, Ally Young, Editor in Chief of Salt Hill, 27 February 2019