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

A: We are based in Southeast Asia, and encourage submissions from writers located anywhere on the globe. We are open to any style of work, and encourage anything from sonnets to blank verse to visual poetry. If you can combine these, even better. Secondly- everything is free. All poetry is available online, and writers will never be charged submission fees.

A: Little River really evolves by way of the writers and artists that submit. It's a small lit mag with an energy that hasn't been deterred by larger and more known presses and literary publications. I think it has a certain feel that can't be duplicated because of the unbelievable talent of the writers and artists that let me publish their work.

Katherine Osborne, Editor-in-chief of Little River, 11 August 2019

A: We are a literary journal and we believe in the literary style of writing. We champion language that is erudite, beautiful, and thought-provoking and stories that are engaging and rich in their depth.
We are NOT interested in polemics or stories that tell a reader how he/she/they should think. Instead, we appreciate work that is high concept, imaginative, thoughtful, even speculative, and open to possibilities. The world is shades of gray and our written word should reflect that.

A: We are distinct with difference and the other to the fore. We expect some understanding
of contemporary poetics and fiction.
I don't know that there are other magazines that publish similar material, possibly
Shearsman. I suspect that it would be hard to find a similar international publication.

A: Rejection of the dominancy of the imperial dominance of English culture and preference for the weird and new from Eastern European, Baltic, and other cultures.

A: The Texas Poetry Calendar is a spiral-bound journal/calendar/planner printed on durable cardstock for those who prefer to keep appointments without using electronic media. It's functional, beautiful, and durable.

A: We specifically focus on feminism, but we work with a wide range of source material. Originally, we only accepted original feminist fairy tales and feminist retellings of fairy tales, but over the past year and a half of the journal's life, we've expanded to accept feminist mythology, folklore, and creative non-fiction. And, unlike many presses of our size, we're a paying market!

A: The theme for each issue is somewhat odd, creating a wide variety of writing in response

Virginia Howard, Editor-in-chief of THEMA, 26 July 2019

A: A truly international readership and contributor base with one third coming from North America, one third from our home country Ireland and one third from the rest of the world.

A: Qwerty is a magazine operated by the English graduate students at the University of New Brunswick. Everything we do is a labour of love, sure, but it is also our attempt to know and understand the culture of which we art a part, literary and otherwise. Our work at the magazine is supported by the critical and creative work we produce in the classroom and in workshop spaces, and the magazine is better for it. We are, each year, settling into new skin, learning how to marry the magazine's past with a rich, respectful present and an innovative future. I think former Managing Editors Rebecca Salazar and Katie Fewster-Yan said it best in their double issue (33-34) editors' note: "A student-run journal is a bit like the flashy young underdog at a dog show. Though we may not have been wrung through anything called a suitable training regimen prior to competition, we make up for this in ambition, and drool, and our highly-refined taste in bones."

Lauren R. Korn, Managing Editor of Qwerty, 24 July 2019

A: We're focused on first person literary travel experiences that are well written, unique experiences, deeply rooted in an appreciation of people and places, known and unfamiliar. That's all we do. We have a simple style and website aesthetic that is clear of adverts or clutter. Each contributor has that solo focus on their work.

Sarah Leamy, Founder/Editor-in-chief of Wanderlust, 23 July 2019

A: NNER is a creative forum for writers exploring the Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont region. Students in Franklin Pierce University's Creative Writing and EN391 Editing/Publishing courses are integral team members in the publishing process.