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

A: SCJ is run by undergraduate students. Not all of the editors are English Majors and we are not formally connected with any academic program on campus. As such, every year is an experiment, one that has led to multiple awards being won in design and content year after year.

A: If you know someone publishing what we publish, send us an email!

Hannah Rego, Founding Co-Editor of ctrl + v, 07 October 2019

A: The three things we see as differentiators are that we are committed to blind judging to remove as much of our bias as possible, we offer editorial feedback from both editors and a one-week response option for a very small fee (we also offer free submissions), and that, currently, we are a very small publishing team which means that every piece submitted is considered by both editors and is not vetted by pre-readers.

A: The fact that each story goes with a drink and is therefore suitable for a mid-morning or mid-afternoon break.

Gill James, editor-in-chief of CafeLit, 02 October 2019

A: At Duende, we are extremely proud to be a part of a publication that is open to the many writers who are under-represented. We discuss and decide on topics that encourage a wide range of entries and provide two opportunities for an artist to showcase their work - in our themed issue and on our individual highlighted 'Monthly Spotlight' sections. We are excited about every opportunity to read and view the work of the many applicants and we excel in our dedication as we read and view every submission. I have had the privilege of reading thousands of entries and viewing visual art for Duende, and I have always taken a very serious stance of viewing all entries with an open slate. To accomplish this, I read the prose or poetry or view the visual art first, I do not take the time to read the author's name or even look at their bio - I save the 'meet and greet' of cover letters or bios until after I have enjoyed their entry. I also never look at the comments of the other editors. I choose to give each entry a private moment - allowing their story to be told or the visuals to be admired. By working in this way, I am not affected by any pre-determined conditions, I am open and accepting of the artistry itself. This is the approach that I have taken since I have been at Duende. I think of it as a respectful moment for the art and a way to avoid outside factors to influence their decisions.

K. China Myers, Senior Editor of Duende, 29 September 2019

A: Our primary limiters are that we do not take any prose or poetry over 2,000 words, and each issue is themed. In this way, we always have an idea of the types of stories and poems we might receive (although variations on the themes never cease to surprise us) and we know the writers must work quickly to build to some sort of climax and realization for their characters. As editors, we try to keep an open mind, even with a theme in place. Because of this, we've been told that our magazine has quite an "eclectic" feel to it.

A: We publish in full colour and have a unique design ethos for our interior layouts. Our magazine exclusively publishes Cyberpunk.

A: Well we are the only journal I know of that only takes second language creative writers. This project started at the university that I work at, the Shanghai Jiao Tong University-University of Michigan Joint Institute, and we started it because our writers were finding it difficult to find places that would look at their work seriously. Their work needs a little love sometimes, but their ideas are beautiful and deeply original, and I wanted to create a better voice to second language writers in China and around the world.

A: Books ‘N Pieces Magazine offers writing advice, interviews with established and bestselling authors (see George RR Martin on your cover), tips, and services from editing through cover design, marketing, book trailers (our other website at WriterHotlist.com) and more.

William Gensburger, Editor and Publisher of Books 'N Pieces, 19 September 2019

A: Spirit of Change prints only quality holistic health information. We do not print advertorials or promotional pieces.

A: Our engagement with our authors. We run a vibrant facebook community with daily discussion. We also work directly with our authors during the editing phase to make sure that their final product is the very best it can be. We're always available to chat, to discuss anything on or off topic.

A: We receive submissions from writers/artists/photographers around the world. So I can say, we have an international audience.