Editor Interviews

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Here is a small sampling from our recent Editor Interviews. We have interviewed over 1,600 editors.

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

A: A clean minimalist design

A: We’re a team of working writers and young professionals. We understand how it feels to be a writer trying to have your work published. With this in mind, we connect with our contributors and treat their work with the utmost respect it deserves. Our journal is also organized aesthetically and it allows for the creative word to speak for itself.

A: Our publication is affiliated with the community college writing center where I serve as director. I have an editorial board comprised of student employees I supervise; I try to get as much feedback as I can from them about submissions. We publish a new poem on our site every Tuesday and Friday, then bundle these poems up into quarterly issues published in February, May, August, and November.

A: We really strive to include a diverse array of voices and stories in our editions. Whether someone believes strongly in hope or religion, or perhaps in the beauty of starry nights and ice cream, we wish to reveal how we are both different and connected through writing and visual art. We also publish a unique mini edition after each issue where our contributors can send us any personal piece of writing or visual art that describes themselves in whatever way they wish- no edits, no questions asked. It's just them and their voices in a purpose different from that of the main issue. That way, we can get to know more about them as people.

A: I think there is something tender and delicate about the work we publish. There is always a moment where the writer has tapped into a pure intimacy, something real and true. There may be something of my own psychology revealed here as my work is frequently rejected for being too quiet. I can't help but look for those quiet spaces in a story or a poem.

A: We think we understand better than most publications how to build a large audience on behalf of our contributors -- an international audience that is culturally broad and multigenerational that hopes for a way to celebrate together a wide spectrum of art and the valuable literature available in English-- and we promote the interests of our writers with our readership better than most publications.
In service to this position, we use a screening rubric that identifies content our screeners are instructed to decline at once:
Disqualifying Content
The following content is to be immediately disqualified from consideration:
• All previously published material, including some content in the public domain (ask your editor)
• Advocacy on behalf of any criminal organization or illegal activity
• Erotica/gratuitous, graphic sex
• Agitprop, including but not limited to the following types:
o Conspiracy Theory advocacy
o Personal Cause advocacy, including activism for or against abortion rights, animal rights, climate change, euthanasia, etc.
o Political advocacy, including activism for or against any particular candidate, party, or public policy issue
o Racial advocacy, including activism on behalf of or against the interests of any specific race of people
o Religious/sectarian advocacy, including activism for or against any religion, denomination, or system of belief
• Slanderous or potentially libelous ad hominem attacks on individuals, including public figures
This list of disqualifying content may be revised at any time.

A: We are a small nonprofit publisher that publishes literary fiction (novels and collections) and diverse nonfiction (including some nonfiction for the gift and travel markets and some focused on the U.S. Southeast), with an emphasis on publishing traditionally underrepresented voice--for us that includes women, writers of color, LGBTQ+ authors, writers with disabilities, and writers from the U.S. South.

Robin Miura, Senior Editor of Blair, 24 October 2018

A: We have an interest in urban landscapes and the stories told in cities. So many of us lead our lives in the liminal spaces between home and not-home, the cities where we grew up and the cities we now make our lives in. We love fiction, nonfiction and poetry that explores live lived in these marginal spaces.

A: We feature seven poets three times a year in the months of October, January and April. Our editors work hard to order the poems to create a meaningful conversation between the work, like a little online chapbook of sorts. The poems are paired with visual art from emerging and established artists. We also feature one interview with a someone working in a creative field. In the past we have featured novelists, actors, and poets.

Carlie Hoffman, Editor-in-Chief of Small Orange, 22 October 2018

A: Even though we're an undergraduate publication, we'll take writing from anyone, anywhere. This allows us to--more often than not--represent a wide range of voices in our magazine, rather than students alone.

A: Our publication does our best to provide handwritten feedback to contributors and offers an Artist Tip feature so readership can support artists directly.

A: Occulta Thesauri is quite literally unlike any other publication. It’s a product of the internet age - and the modern propensity that curious people have for going down digital rabbit holes. That’s how it started. We were finding cool things at rummage sales and estate sales. I would barely be back in the car before I was researching and googling my new treasure. I would spend hours digging deeper and deeper into stories, even going from one story to another. Then one day I was like, ‘Wait - I’m a writer. It’s what I do professionally. I should write these down.’ And that’s when I found out other people were doing the same thing. So we started the site. And voila!