Natasha Stagg: How does your magazine fit into the world of publishing today?
Leah Browning: It’s an online journal.
NS: Does it do anything that no one else is doing?
LB: Not really. I love reading traditional print journals, and if anything, my goal was to recreate that experience.
NS: Where are you from, and where do you live now?
LB: I’m originally from New Mexico, and I’m currently living in California.
NS: How do you feel about literary journals in general: simply a necessary means to an end, or something more worthwhile than even anthologies these days?
LB: I guess I’d say neither. I don’t see them as more or less important than anthologies. They’re different but both valuable.
NS: What kind of stuff does your journal publish?
LB: Short stories (including flash fiction), essays, and poetry.
NS: How do we submit?
LB: In a nutshell, I request exclusive submissions pasted into the body of a single e-mail message. There are no reading fees, and submissions are read year-round.
NS: Do you think literary journals are endangered?
LB: No. Print journals are struggling more right now—in particular, those whose university funding is disappearing in this difficult economy—but many are heading toward a hybrid or online-only format.
NS: Is becoming “online only” something to be worried about?
LB: I don’t think I can answer that, at least not from the perspective of a print veteran. The Apple Valley Review has always been online only.
NS: Will only the fittest survive, and could this be a good thing?
LB: I don’t think it’s that cutthroat, no. Also, despite the challenges, people start new literary journals all the time.
NS: Had you heard of Sonora Review before this?
LB: Yes. I was fortunate enough to live in Tucson for several years, and I’m familiar with the University of Arizona’s creative writing program.