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Here is a small sampling from our recent Editor Interviews. We have interviewed over 1,550 editors.

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

A: We pride ourselves on providing only the highest possible quality cover art, formatting, and editing to our authors. We also work with our authors and provide them with as much input and influence on the process as possible, making sure they feel included in the work to publish their book.

A: Tammy is a print journal run by a staff of three writers who all work in multiple genres. Each editor reads each submission.

A: All contributors are paid ($40 per story; $10 per poem; craft essays, visual arts, and comics vary) and offered an interview to be published alongside their work. Few magazines interact with their writers as much as we do. All fiction contributors work through several line-edits with our diligent editors, which is how editors used to work with writers before "accept as is" became the unfortunate norm; this way, both the fiction and the writer become more polished. Fiction contributors are also offered guest editorships for subsequent issues, which both helps them figure out the contemporary trends, cliches, and mistakes, as well as gives them an additional resume booster. For graphic narrative, we're one of the only literary magazines that has published a serial comic ("Invasive Studies" lasted for eight issues before wrapping up in issue 4.1); we'd love to do it again, so send us your comics.

A: Winning Writers accepts previously published work, unlike most other contests and journals with a similar prize pool and prestige. Our website gets 1 million page views annually, and over 100,000 Twitter followers. The Margaret Reid Prize is specifically for verse in traditional forms, a genre that is under-represented in modern literary journals.

A: Winning Writers accepts previously published work, unlike most other contests and journals with a similar prize pool and prestige. Our website gets 1 million page views annually, and over 100,000 Twitter followers.

A: Our publication is a collaborative effort between local artists and writers and the public. Our goal is to promote local arts and literature from the Fredericksburg region and the wider region of Virginia to an international audience. We hope to show that Fredericksburg, Virginia, is a home to the arts. With our free internet reading platform, we are able to connect people from all over the world. Our panel of experienced writers and artists helps us keep the selection of contributions diverse and skillful. We strive to anthologize the strongest and most poignant art and writing over each six month period between publications.

A: VASTARIEN is a nexus for Ligottian writing and art. This means it encompasses not just the massive influence of Thomas Ligotti's work on the current generation of writers and artists, but the veritable galaxy of writers who have influenced Ligotti himself, such as Edgar Allan Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, Bruno Schulz, Vladimir Nabokov, William S. Burroughs, Thomas Bernard, Paul Valéry, Arthur Schopenhauer, Peter Wessel Zapffe, Douglas Harding, and Jorge Luis Borges. Our overall zone of interest is thus broad and focused at the same time. It includes not just supernatural horror as such, but Buddhism, Gnosticism, nihilism, philosophical pessimism, antinatalism, aberrant psychology, sociocultural criticism, film and literary criticism, surrealism, decadence, dark spirituality, and more. But the place and presentation of these matters is refracted through the lens, as it were, of the Ligottian sensibility.

Jon Padgett and Matt Cardin, Editors-in-Chief of Vastarien, 08 March 2018

A: Leaping Clear's accomplished artists have, in addition to their dedicated art forms, dedicated contemplative practices. These include--but aren't limited to--meditation, spiritual inquiry, prayer, yoga, qi gong and other integrated body-mind forms of contemplation.
Working from contemplative practice yields art that asks for engagement from the reader, viewer, or listener. It goes below the surface and comes up with the unexpected. When engagement is strong, the art can be transformative.
Leaping Clear presents a range of artists' voices and visions from different cultures, in various forms--including ones that are new! We like hybrids in writing, visual arts, and audio arts. Our interests are wide, not focused on particular schools of form or interest groups.

A: Most Horror publications, in my experience, publish hack writing or pieces written by those who have little or no experience with the art form. I publish literature. Any writer can write literature with some effort, but doing so requires the patience of a painter and the reading of a scholar. Without patience and massive amounts of reading, literature cannot be produced. So, I would venture to state that there are no other publishers who do a similar thing. I would love to be proved wrong.

A: We bring artists and writers together in cohesive fluidity.

A: Imagine features student-written articles alongside expert opinion and advice of interest to talented middle and upper school students.

A: We welcome new and established voices to our journal. If the writing and narrative arc offer a compelling story and memorable characters, we give weight to what is in front of us, whether the writer is unpublished or a Pushcart Prize nominee. In terms of communicating with people who submit, we offer a response to each person who writes to Sunlight. We believe writers and their work deserve acknowledgement. Artists shouldn’t wonder whether their submission has fallen into a black hole. At Sunlight, we aim to respond with an acceptance or rejection to a writer within three to four weeks from the date piece is submitted. We also pay for all accepted submissions because we firmly believe writers and artists should be paid for their work.

Beth Burrell & Rudri Bhatt Patel, Co-Founder/Co-Editors of The Sunlight Press, 26 February 2018