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

A: Our Team. I know that sounds gushy and everything, but I've never worked with a more compassionate and motivated group that wants to put the best work out there in the world. We work hard to communicate with each other and discuss any possible way to improve or see the author's vision.

A: i think our 'throw spaghetti at the wall and see what sticks' ethos has resonated with the writing community. the feedback I hear from submitters is that we seem like a forum for those weird and awkward pieces that would be hard-to-place otherwise. we try to give our authors the freedom to colour outside the lines and indulge their experimental sides. we created the "diamond circle" to reward our most loyal and prolific contributors, which is a sort-of "hall of fame" for anyone who notches ten publications in sledgehammer. quite a few writers are closing in on diamond circle status now, and if all goes well we should see our first diamond circle members emerge in 2022. it's really just a cool way to thank our contributors for sending us so much rad stuff!

A: We're one of the few SFF publications with a nonfiction magazine that publishes pop culture reviews, interviews, and essays. We publish small books such as short story collections, novellas, poetry collections, and chapbooks.

A: I call myself the Dollhouse Architect in lieu of Editor in Chief. I wrote a book called Pink Plastic House that was my first published poetry book. It put the poems in rooms in which they belong. This is how i arrange the poems in the journal. The difference between my journal and others is probably my womanchildishness. I am perpetually both a woman and child who still plays with dollhouses the way she did when she was 10 and when she was a 25 year old topless dancer claiming her autonomy after abuse. I am still playing with dollhouses and poems and both give me such comfort.

A: Our mission. We're on a mission to empower women through storytelling. That doesn't just mean the writer who tells the story, that means women who read the stories as well. Our goal from the beginning has been to get women talking and sharing their stories. We don't shy away from hard stuff. We talk about pregnancy loss, abortions, sexual violence, faith, grief, and other subjects that are so often deemed taboo because we want women to read those stories and see that they are not alone. That there are other out there who can relate. We want women to read the stories on our site and maybe, just maybe, find their own voice.

Julia Nusbaum, Editor-in-Chief/Founder of HerStry, 04 September 2021

A: We strive to create a safe space for those weird creative types, be they cis-gendered women, trans women, nonbinary creators. While we are a young publication, we hope to grow and expand our community of creators and provide a platform for creators who create outside of traditional work.

A: We are the the largest very focussed on all things Holmes - there are other great publishers (like Titan for example) that do some Holmes, but we deliver dozens of books every year and have a HUGE backlist of over 500 titles now.

A: Our main goal is to redefine and amplify African literatur, and we ensure this is reflected in every issue. We feature poets, storywriters and authors of African origin and also spotlight and interview two young authors in Africa who has published, at least, one book.

A: Most significant in that respect is the fact that we are also a bookseller, and we do most of our printing and bookbinding in-house with our own equipment. This is a big part of why we're able to offer more generous compensation than other presses of our size, because the profit margin per copy is much higher than average.
We also have a very well defined idea of what it means to be an indie press. We exist to serve readers whose tastes tend to be overlooked by major houses, where a book selling a mere 5,000 copies can make it a failure. We're not looking to make the NYT bestseller list, but we are devoted to getting our books into the hands of the readers who are waiting for them, even if that's only a few thousand, or a few hundred people.

A: We are staffed by grads of WVWC’s low-res MFA program — all serious poets & authors & editors ourselves (as well as some teachers/professors) who seek to publish work that is nuanced and well-crafted, as well as intentionally revised and publication-ready.

Jessica Spruill Waggoner, Managing Editor of HeartWood, 19 August 2021

A: The Dirty Spoon (named after the spoon chefs keep in their back pockets to taste dishes) is meant to examine what's under the table, not on top of it. We only publish personal essays and interviews by or about the people who shape our dining experiences. Unlike other food publications, we are tightly focused on three elements: personal true stories, custom illustrations for each piece we publish, and a mixtape that audibly complements the stories we tell. We think radio-first, digital journal-second.

A: We launched the careers of 14 New York Times bestselling authors and/or artists, we fly our winners to Hollywood California from anywhere they are in the world, we give them a week-long workshop, gala awards events and we pay for the transportation and the lodging. End up spending over 20Gs on each winner. Chance of a lifetime to be with only 12 people with most of these amazing judges over the course of a week, mentoring you personally. NO entry fee for all this and you can enter once per quarter until you win. Our anthology is a national bestseller every year.