2016 has been full of changes for The Maine Review, including a new editorial team. What are you most excited about for 2017?
Yeah, establishing an editorial team was step one. We love our editors and advisors. They are all as passionate about the importance of getting good work out into the world as we are. And already there’s great rapport between folks.
Nerdy as it might sound, I think what we are most looking forward to for 2017 is establishing our work rhythm. We’ve been on a long learning curve during 2016, and are really hoping there’s a plateau ahead! We’re also excited to be launching a book imprint, Wrack Line Books. Our first book is at press now; it’s a combination of essays and photographs about a fishery in Maine called CAUGHT. The words are by longtime fisherman Glen Libby and the photos are by a marvelous photographer named Antonia Small.
What has been most surprising about the process of putting together your Fall 2016/Spring 2017 issue?
The number of great submissions, definitely. We’ve seen the stats from other journals warning/bragging about how small a percentage of the work they accept through open submissions. Even so, I never dreamed we’d have to turn away as many good pieces as we have to say “no” to. It’s both a wonderful and terrible situation to be in.
You publish work by writers from Maine, but also from across the country and around the world. What are some of the more far-flung locations you’ve received submissions from this year?
Does Dover-Foxcroft count as far-flung? We’ve gotten lots of submissions from Mainers, and Maine summer visitors, and people with fond recollections of their trips to Acadia and Monhegan and Ogunquit and Rangeley and . . . . But we’ve also gotten a fair number from the UK and Europe and the Middle East. The first issue includes a fabulous array of writers from Maine, along with others from across the US and from Cyprus, Pakistan, and Ireland.
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