Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Six Questions for Nathan Schiller, Founder & Editor, Construction Magazine

Construction is a political, cultural, and literary online magazine that updates during the week. It is an independent start-up that does not break news but publishes critical and informative content. Read the complete guidelines here.

SQF: Why did you start this magazine?

NS: As writers and editors, we thought it would be fun, and it has been.

SQF: What are the top three things you look for in a submission and why?

NS: In non-fiction we look for ideas that are explained clearly and logically. It’s harder to answer regarding creative work, since our tastes vary, and since we don’t limit ourselves to a certain style of fiction or poetry. 

SQF: What most often turns you off to a submission?

NS: In non-fiction pieces: when there is no thesis. In creative work: when there’s nothing at least mildly provocative, in terms of plot or voice or mood, on the first page.

SQF: Do you provide comments when you reject a submission?

NS: If we like something about the piece, we might suggest general edits or ask if the author has another submission. 

SQF: What magazines do you read?

NS: The New Yorker, Harper’s.

Thank you, Nathan. We all appreciate you taking time from your busy schedule to participate in this project.

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