The Page a Day Writers Group

Fresh Fiction, Warm from the Oven

Posted on: October 11, 2010

Last week Claire Fadden wrote about her submission of a short short story to a contest. Literary journals are a great place to break into the  publication landscape. Not that it’s easy. I’ve submitted various stories to Glimmer Train, so far without a bite. I will keep trying, though.

Literary journals showcase hot-off-the-press fiction and poetry from both emerging and much-published writers. It’s what’s happening on the writing scene now– I love the immediacy of journals. I also love looking back through past issues because it proves that the best stories are timeless; they’re as much a joy to read today as ten years ago. How will they be received in 100 years? Who knows, but as a slice of this era, they are delicious.

I’ve been subscribing to McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern for about a year. Pure delight! Each issue is presented in a different creative wrapper. A box, a beautiful hardbound volume, a thick newspaper, a “map-” it’s always a smiley mailbox moment. Dave Eggers, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius ( Vintage, 2001), founded and edits the journal.

A spicy mix of emerging writers and luminaries such as Michael Chabon, Joyce Carol Oates, Ann Beattie, and T.C. Boyle have contributed to the journal. You never know who or what you’ll see in the next issue, and that’s what keeps me in suspense. Check it out here, http://www.mcsweeneys.net/. They now have an iPhone app, too, called Small Chair (click on McSweeney’s Store).

McSweeney’s supports a growing network of community writing centers, 826 National http://www.826national.org/, which help students age 6-18 with writing skills.

More amazing journals: Glimmer Train, The Gettysburg Review, The Prairie Schooner, One Story, American Short Fiction, The Georgia Review, Ploughshares, and AGNI. The list goes on. I recommend checking out their web sites, and starting a subscription for the one that grabs you- a great way to support the literary scene and read some of the best new fiction.

Do you have a favorite literary journal or site? Please share!

Bonus: Find fun inspiration for your next short story at “The 500 Club,” hosted on a fabulous blog by our friends, The Parking Lot Confessional. http://parkinglotconfessional.com/2010/10/07/500-club-107/

Write on,

Ondine Brooks Kuraoka

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3 Responses to "Fresh Fiction, Warm from the Oven"

Your title lured me in. Great post. Makes me want to keep writing. Thanks for the inspiration.

Okay, you’ve hooked me. I’m off to read and, possibly, subscribe.

You won’t regret it, Liz. It’s full of unexpected fun!

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The Page a Day Writers Group is a diverse collection of wonderful writers based in San Diego, CA. We've been meeting monthly since 2004. Our primary function is in-depth writing critique, marketing and brainstorming, but there's usually some wine, chocolate and ribaldry involved too. We write fantasy, humor, literary fiction, nonfiction, romance, thrillers and YA. Join us on our journeys to publication and the wonderland beyond!

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