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

A: I think that most arts & literary journals bring something fresh to the table, and we all need each other to create a meal that has something to feed every taste. That said, I do think we do a good job of keeping things surprising and new without skimping on quality. We also have pretty rad cover art.

A: We are focused on people, not pieces. We want great writing and art, but we want to know the people behind the work. We're dedicating time and resources to highlighting our contributors and connecting readers with them beyond the page.

A: Our publishing model values writers and writing as art. Sure we sell books, but profits aren't what we are concerned about. We want writers to be valued. We believe that there is a lot of culty, off-shelf work big houses won't even glance at because it won't appeal to the mass market. Well, we aren't here for the mass market.

A: If you mean author-centred magazines: the Kipling Journal is a quarterly, and sometimes publishes extra supplements, so appears more often than most. Unlike many author-centred journals, it is a peer reviewed journal of note. Despite its small circulation (400 individual subscribers) it has a global readership and authorship. Since 2015, the KJ has published articles by citizens of Ukraine, France, Italy, Japan, Denmark, India, Pakistan, Australia, the USA, and New Zealand. All issues up to the past two years are readable online by anyone, for free, via the Kipling Society website ( the past two years' issues are only readable by Society members).

A: I believe that Juke Joint's mission is to create space where space is limited. Undoubtedly, the South has a horrific reputation that precedes itself, and I say that as someone who has spent much of his life there. Because of that Juke Joint's goal is to create a table where everyone is welcome to sit down and share good art because creative expression, unlike our country and this region's past, doesn't discriminate--anyone can create. But I think we are also, genuinely, down to earth folks who want to develop relationships with the artists we publish that extend beyond the screen of our magazine. We do so much more than curate poetry and visual art. We build community and encourage artistic self-love.

Langdon Dean Julius, Founding Editor of Juke Joint, 15 June 2018

A: We provide all submitters with several extremely detailed critiques of their work. All. (Also, btw, BhB Inc. is a nonprofit.)

A: Vulture Bones is a magazine which showcases the voices and work of transgender and/or non-binary creators--that is, anyone who is not cisgender. There has been a ton of interest in the last few years in our community. Bogi Takacs has been editing--and winning awards--for the Transcendant anthology series, for example. Capricious put out the gender diverse pronoun issue. But there is still not, as far as I am aware, another magazine that is specifically for and by trans/enby creators in the spec fic world.

A: We publish large beautiful images alongside new writing as well as more experienced writers. We encourage under represented writers to apply and will spend more time assessing their submissions before a decision is made.

A: Put simply, we try to avoid gore. Fear originates in the mind, not the body, and we believe gore is, frankly, played out, and not as effective as alternative means of eliciting fear. We try to look for authors who understand this and use the psychological, the surreal or the unknown to draw on the fears of their readers. We try to only allow explicit gore in a story if it's serving that aforementioned purpose.

Brent Armour, Editor in Chief of HelloHorror, 28 May 2018

A: We focus on short, imagistic narratives and are not too concerned with genre constraints.

A: Focus on the unimportant, personal and trivial. Engagement with the narratives of the marginalized. Breaking the hierarchy between high culture and the popular.

Debojit Dutta, Founder and Editor of Antiserious, 18 May 2018

A: We welcome unpublished authors in the genre of alternate history, or near-genres such as steampunk, science fiction, and urban fantasy. We are also very keen to publish poetry with historical, science fiction, or associated topics.