Question and answer time with your host...Mr/s. Garbanzo (Thank you Jody!)

-- Garbanzo?  Why?


Because it is an integral metaphor for life in this era.

-- Should I send a resumé and publication list with my submission?


You could.  And we might read it.  Then again, we might not.  While it is certainly interesting to read about where else you’ve been published (Congratulations, by the way!) it will, in no way shape or form bias us as to whether or not you are published in Garbanzo.  In other words, it works neither for, nor against, you.


Also, if we do select your work for Garbanzo, we’ll certainly ask for a blurb about you - after all, we want the readers to learn more about you and have easy access to more of your work.


However, the bios we ask for will be a bit different than you might expect - for all the boring stuff (like where you’ve been published before) is already on your FaceBook, website, etc.  So, expect to reveal something to our readers.

-- I’ve never been published before.  Should I submit?


That depends on your definition of “submit”.


If you mean, should you be daring and send us some work?  Then the answer is most certainly a resounding, “Yes!”


If you mean, should I give up and give in to what everybody else wants of me, possibly because I’ve been put in a sleeper hold, then the answer is an adamant, “No!”

-- I don’t want to submit.  Can I dominate instead?


Potentially, yes.  Although, remember that world domination went out with the end of the era of Colonialism.  If you’re speaking of being a dominatrix, well, all our books are leather-free so we may suggest a different venue for your work.

-- Why didn’t you select my work for publication?


Most publishers will say, “Go read the form letter!”  However, we have no forms, and thus no form letters.  We’ll give you a personalized response to what you’ve sent us, explain to you why it didn’t work in the context of the current issue, and potentially ask if you’d be willing to write something on a given topic for future consideration.


Also, we’ll keep all writing in the queue for three issues, so, if not today, maybe tomorrow.

-- Why are the books handmade?  Wouldn’t it be easier to just have them printed through one of those digital short run places that print-on-demand and do fulfillment?


Living in the land of buzzwords is always simple.  Living in the land of meaning, and intimacy, and wings...is always more difficult.  Yes, the digital age has bypassed the age of art, and art is but a commodity to be placed on a hard drive and tucked away out of sight...


...but all great truths, begin as heresies...


...just try and burn us at the stake.

-- How many poems may I submit to Garbanzo per reading period?

         (Thank you for your question, Stacy!)


We've not set a limit on the number of submissions per reading period.  I'm not into any sort of barrier in that regard which might be a hinderance to an author being able to represent themselves to us, in the way they feel most accurate and truthful (that being said, we're not exactly sticklers for the forty three lines and one thousand one hundred and seventy two words, either...think of it as an illusory wall) .


Certainly, we're not likely to publish ten poems of one author in one issue of Garbanzo, but I could certainly foresee instances in which we'd publish more than one.  We certainly read through completely whatever we receive.  For all I know, we could receive a stack of poems and being so intrigued, the discussion turns to a full chapbook, outside the realm of Garbanzo.  I wouldn't want to inadvertently put the kibosh on potential collaboration, because of a fence.


On the flip side, in my years managing bands, there were many performances where I thought of opening bands, "You know, if they had stopped after five songs, that would have been a really strong set...why did they force a full hour show?"  In their regard, the form (you have an hour set, you're going to play for an hour) was their downfall.


So, most importantly, show us your world, in whatever manner and form you feel is necessary.  Printed on brown roll high school paper towels, carved into clay, sent via email, delivered by carrier pigeon...your art, your rules (or lack thereof).

-- Do you have any suggestions for getting published?


I’m not certain if these hold for all publishing houses, but it does hold for ours.


-- Be familiar with the type of works that the given publisher has brought forth in the past.


In our specific instance, there is always a light that shines through these works, always a redemption that happens in the end.  We’re whimsical and full of light, even though some of the subject matter and form is dark.  If your work is full of sarcasm and cynicism, if your cover letter is full of the same, we’re probably not a good fit to work with each other.


We somewhat consider each issue of Garbanzo to be a moment in infinite space when a group of mostly disparate people wind up in the same room due to some strange space/time glitch.  We’re not all going to agree on everything, and we probably wouldn’t all get along, but we’re not going to waste that moment together in complaint...we’re going to celebrate each picking up a feather and causing this massive bird to fly...

-- Does Garbanzo accept reprints?


While we're certainly not against the idea, we prefer work that hasn't appeared elsewhere.


For one, you're a writer, and should approach life with the feeling that there is always another story, always more words to be borne out through the age of your teeth and tongue...


...which leads to two...


...it has already been published...why publish it again when you have so many more stories to tell?

F.A.Q.

-- Garbanzo?  Why?


-- Should I send a resumé and publication list with my submission?


-- I’ve never been published before.  Should I submit?


-- I don’t want to submit.  Can I dominate instead?


-- How many poems may I submit to Garbanzo per reading period?


-- Do you accept simultaneous submissions?  Why do most journals not accept simultaneous submissions?


-- Why didn’t you select my work for publication?


-- Why are the books handmade?  Wouldn’t it be easier to just have them printed through one of those digital short run places that print-on-demand and do fulfillment?


-- Do you have any suggestions for getting published?


-- Does Garbanzo accept reprints?


-- When will I hear about the writing I’ve sent in for review?


-- What’s this I hear about handwritten entries being published?

-- When will I hear about the writing I’ve sent in for review?

We’re not so much into the rolling acceptance method as are most journals.  We prefer to see all of the pieces in front of us and build a cohesive whole out of all the parts available.

Of course, this sometimes leads to not getting to publish pieces we love (That’s for you, AW).  But, it is the way we do things.  On occasion we’ll vary from this, but...

Expect that you will hear, no later than one week after our submission period ends.

-- What’s this I hear about handwritten entries being published?

The word seems to be out that we’ve published a few pieces that were written by hand, and published them in handwritten/image form, rather than typing them out.

Yes.  And we LOVE this.  We love doing this.  And importantly we LOVE receiving these via post.

Which means...do not hand write a piece and then scan it and sent it to us.

Would you write a love poem, and take a photo of it and then text it to your love?  No, you would wax seal it, and spray it with perfume, and have roses and...

...look, we don’t need the flowers or aromas (though we like wax seals)...but handwritten pieces that are turned into digital files...are not handwritten pieces at all.  We make all the books by hand...the envelope and stamp and tangible reaching out to us should go without saying...but, since this keeps happening, it is worth mentioning here.  Paper - it is not the same as a photo of paper :)

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-- Do you accept simultaneous submissions?  Why do most journals not accept simultaneous submissions?


Yes, we accept simultaneous submissions - meaning that the piece is sent to multiple journals in the hope that the more eyes, the more chance the piece will be published.


HOWEVER...


While we are certainly not much for rules and guidelines (which you must have noticed by now) we are BIG on decorum and decency.


So...if you send the piece to multiple readers, and the piece is accepted at one of them - it is your responsibility to contact all of the other journals and inform them that the piece is no longer available.  It is a *real drag* to read a piece, accept it, only to get an email that tells us the piece was published elsewhere.  Not to mention it takes time and happiness away from another writer, who may very well have received the publication spot.


And, while it certainly doesn’t preclude you from having something else published with us, we will think twice about your piece if you burn us by failing to do your due diligence and withdraw your piece from consideration...and this is why most journals will not accept simultaneous submissions - because with the quantity of entries, to spend time on one not available is silly (even if all they give you is a form letter).  Now, imagine us, who gives a personalized response to each piece...


So, for the benefit of all of the other writers out there - keep track, play nicely, and be informative.