Q & A with R. David Fulcher from Samsara Magazine

Posted: September 30, 2010 by fsucenterforcreativewriting in Interview, Poetry

How did  Samsara Magainze of Poetry get started?

Samsara started back in 1993, originally as a non-fiction journal providing reviews of other publications.

How have you seen the publishing industry change and how are you responding to it?

There is a much greater emphasis on digital media.  While I intend to remain a traditional/print publication, I have tried to convert more of the back issues of the magazine into .pdf format for free viewing on the Web site.

What are your opinions on self-publishing, online or in print?

In addition to being an editor, I’m also a writer, and all of my books were self-published.  I’m a big proponent of self-publishing as a channel for lesser-known voices becoming widely available to the public.

What benefits does a small press/journal offer writers?

In my mind, the small press offers a forum where writers can develop their craft before approaching professional markets.

What mistakes should writers avoid when submitting to your Samsara?

Avoid cliches – too many of the submitted stories reuse tired concepts and plot lines.

Other than what’s listed in your submission guidelines, what are you looking for in a submission?

Honesty and strong imagery.

What events/publications do you have coming up that we should look out for?

In addition to the Summer issue, we’ll be starting a writer’s “spotlight” on the Web site that provides some background information on a featured writer in the issue.
R. David Fulcher
More information about Samsara Magazine can be found on their website.

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