John Haggerty and Valerie Waterhouse are now reading and selecting stories. Here is what they are looking for.
I am more a maximalist than a minimalist. I like Flannery O’Connor, Faulkner, and Melville more than Hemingway and Carver. I like beautiful sentences—if you write with rhythm and electricity, it will make me take notice.
Literature should take chances. Send me something that you were afraid to write, something that made you so uncomfortable you didn’t want to be in the same room with it. Break some rules. Teeter on the edge of failure. That’s where things really start to come alive.
I’m looking for fic & non-fic that isn’t afraid to tackle big issues, that makes the personal political.
I’d love to see pieces that explore:
- Climate change woven into stories of ordinary life in the here and now. (But no futuristic tales of dystopia/the apocalypse, please)
- The relationship between man/woman & nature/animals/plants
- Migration, multi-culturalism, multi-lingualism, identity
- The permeable boundaries between fic/non-fic
I want stories that show me the world from a different point of view, that make me exclaim: ‘Hey, I never thought of that!’
Thanks for checking us out. We look forward to reading your work!