Thursday, February 9, 2012

6 Things to Consider When Submitting Short Stories...

to LITnIMAGE at least.

Thanks to Jim Harrington for allowing me to contribute to his "Six Questions for..." interview series with editors of literary journals. My interview appears today.

If you're interested in submitting work to literary publications, "Six Questions for..." is a great resource. The site includes interviews with dozens of editors on a range of topics related to the submissions they receive, including what they're looking for, do's and don'ts of submitting, why stories get rejected. etc. 

Here's the first question:
SQF: What are the top three things you look for in a story and why?

RG: Stories must be engaging in some way, and typically, right from the start. Also, it really helps if the writing is solid, and the writer possesses obvious fiction writing skills and a command of craft. Thematically or style-wise it doesn’t really matter. Years ago when we started, all things being equal, I leaned toward darker and more experimental pieces, but now I’m just seeking the best LIT I can get my hands on. Ideally, though, it helps if a story isn’t too conventional, and has some sort of edge or weirdness to it. That’s true also for the IMAGE that art editor Kimy Martinez finds for each issue. We’re trying to create a certain aesthetic.

You can read the rest here


Noise Room said...

Good job Roland! I think this shows your integrity and commitment as both a writer and an editor.

Roland Goity said...

Thanks, NR. I try :)

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