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

A: We are the only magazine devoted to nonfiction about air travel. We also publish stories from writers as well as flight crew and regular passengers.

A: We focus on representation and diversity--not only in our writers, but also in the forms, genres, and themes of the work that we publish. We are committed to publishing new and upcoming writers alongside established writers who are investigating what hybridity can mean within literature and art.

A: An open and inter-disciplinary approach to music.

A: We publish writing and artwork by women created in response to an age of massive species loss and ecological collapse. We are especially interested in othered ways of knowing: e.g. dreams, visions, communications with the nonhuman world and with ancestors, especially those with messages for how we might begin to heal our broken relationship to the earth.

A: What I pay. As far as I know I'm the only magazine or e-zine publisher which offers copies of the editor's books. I also have a submission guidelines video which I think is very unusual if not unique.

A: Only accept previously unpublished enduring literary-quality works with a twist that broaden the reader's world point-of-view. No gratuitous violence, sex. Academic works welcome, especially surrounding transformative learning. Spiritual works welcome but not religious proselytizing.

A: Heroin Love Songs tries to be fearless in what we publish. Many of the writers are far from mainstream both in content and style. I try to promote the idea that if no one else will publish a poem, and it is a good poem, HLS probably will.

A: Our selection process is what really sets us apart -- Multiple editors read almost every submission, commenting on specific works, pulling fellow editors into the conversation. We meet a LOT during our submission periods to table read and discuss our favorites. We maintain a strong, diverse bench of very involved editors who feel passionate about what we read! This method is time-intensive, but it's part of RHINO's identity. Those table reads fuel us as poets as well as editors.

Jan Bottiglieri, Managing Editor of RHINO Poetry, 06 January 2020

A: We chose the name “Turnpike” to indicate a deviation, or turn from what is expected. So often in the creative community do we focus on one type of voice and one type of theme. In our personal experience with literary journals, we noticed a consistent focus on trauma and misfortune that, while important, can become kind of damper on mental health. Additionally, we noticed that other publications may not highlight LGBTQ+ folk, persons of color, and other marginalized identities.

A: There aren't a lot of other publishing companies that are trying to do what I do, which is publishing politically engaging narratives that speak to the human spirit and our shared world. This isn't to say that political novels aren't being published but rather that it's our sole raison d'etre.
I like to think that our high production values, commitment to experienced editing and hands-on relationships with authors sets us apart. But perhaps all small indies have that approach.

Katie Isbester, Editor-in-Chief of Claret Press, 06 January 2020

A: That's a tough one. We are committed to diversity (we have managed almost gender parity starting with our second issue) and are always open to submissions from minorities (when we haven't reached out to minority communities). We are looking for more hopeful speculative fiction to counteract what the principles in the magazine see as a dark turn in science fiction. And, given my background as a humourist, I put a high premium on humour and fun. Most magazines in the field have one or more of these aims, but I don't believe any of them achieve quite the same mix that we do.

A: We publishing emerging and established writers. Some have their first poem published with us and others come with a list of awards. We make ourselves accessible in that way. We also publish previously published work if the writer owns the right (and we say where it was originally published). We don't believe that if it was published before that it can't still be read by different audiences at a different time. And though there are literary publications that may include photography, we focus on one photography whose photos we use throughout that issue. Also, and maybe most importantly, our mission is to show the connection between art and healing, so what you see in our journals is directly or indirectly tied to healing.