Interview with Cold Mountain Review

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Authors: The Editors of Cold Mountain Review

What makes Cold Mountain Review a unique part of the publishing community?

It is increasingly rare for a literary magazine to depend on the material that comes in through the slush pile, but this is what CMR does month-after-month. This process requires a lot of work on the front end, but it allows us a greater opportunity to find new voices.

What sort of qualities do you look for in a manuscript or piece of work that you are considering for publication?

Every time we open an envelope, we hope to fall in love. Everything that appears in CMR has had the endorsement of multiple readers who have campaigned to see it in print. The pieces that make it through our vetting process are those that appeal to a diverse readership.

Do you have a specific aesthetic preference? How would you describe that aesthetic?

We lean toward narrative in prose, poetry, fiction, and photography. Our journal is full of scenes and senses.

What is the readership like for Cold Mountain Review? What do you imagine your typical reader is like?

We have a small circulation of individual and library subscribers. Our readers are engaged and highly well read.

What is the next exciting thing happening at Cold Mountain Review?

We recently launched a Facebook page, and we’re building a community there. CMR is a print journal, but we’re fans of storytelling in all its forms. Your readers are invited to join the conversation on our wall. They can also find us online: coldmountain.appstate.edu.