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: Content -- social realism across a stylistic spectrum, a progressive working class perspective and the arrangement of work within the collection.

A: We publish work that is accessible to a wide audience and stems from a diverse range of poets in terms of their experiences, cultures, ages, and geographic locations.

Robbin Farr and Judith Lagana, Founders and co-editors of River Heron Review, 14 September 2018

A: Our aim to seek out diverse work and diversity among our published writers. We consciously cultivate our publication with these foci in mind.

A: Quick response.
Written response to rejections.
Accept about 60% of submissions.
Monthly Issues.
No fees.

Mark Antony Rossi, Editor in Chief of Ariel Chart, 07 September 2018

A: Not to sound cliché, but there aren't any publications that print what we do. At least, none that I've been able to find. There aren't that many "Christian" lit mags out there, and the few there are don't publish the same kind of raw, radical work we publish. By that, I mean we publish Jesus hanging with lepers and whores, Jesus sweating and tired working as a carpenter; others publish him carrying a beautiful lamb with his shining locks flowing in the wind. We don't believe the moment of salvation is where the story ends, but where it begins.
Additionally, as a publication in general, we stand apart because we provide detailed, useful, absolutely free feedback for each submission we receive. That's unheard of in the lit mag world today.

A: Mythlore is different because it covers the mythopoeic impulse in all forms of literature and art and by authors outside of the core major Inklings (Tolkien, Lewis, Williams) or major contemporary fantasy writers.

Janet Brennan Croft, Editor of Mythlore, 07 September 2018

A: We're focused on how the small and particular and often forgotten spaces--the literal and metaphorical podunks of the world--speak to the larger human experience (the grander "Peauxdunque," in our parlance--the "Great Conversation"). We're also committed to beautiful print journals, a visual artisanship to match the verbal artisanship of our contributors. As a group, the Peauxdunque Writers Alliance, we spent a decade together as writers, figuring out our collective dynamic and aesthetic, before starting to conceptualize and put together the Peauxdunque Review--so we are in it for the long haul. We will always approach our editorial duties from the standpoint of also being serious writers.

A: We focus on a single artist as the feature for each issue, including a larger than usual number of images, themed and curated by the artist alone, and we always run an in-depth interview, steering questions toward the ones that the artist wants to be asked.. We promote our artists extensively on web and social media during each month and include all featured artists in an annual "yearbook" issue.

A: We are a truly interdisciplinary journal, drawing on history, geography, literary studies, planning, archaeology, art history and many others. We aim to bring academic research and discussion into the public realm so that everyone interested in London can find something to engage with.

A: We publish dynamic contemporary poetry and prose that represents a broad range of styles in English and/or Spanish from writers in the US, Canada and Mexico - we are increasing the number of translators who work with us in hopes of producing a totally bilingual experience for both our writers and readers.

Lee Gould, Editor of La Presa, 21 August 2018

A: Tough publishes strictly crime, and would like to publish more stories that intersect with the weird or occult. Some of our stories tip over into horror, other into literary territory. Any well-told story with a crime in it has a chance.

Rusty Barnes, Editor of Tough, 20 August 2018

A: More representation of non-native English writers