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Final Redundant Words For Potential Submitters

We seek finely wrought, well told stories outside the mainstream and between genres. We don't want anything written to fit within the confines of a genre. Prose really matters here. Stories applies to so-called non-fiction as well as fiction. The meaning of the word fiction is ambiguous at best.

Before you submit ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Is the work descriptive? Does it evoke images, places, people, and time? If not, we don't want it.
  2. Can you describe an event in your story? It this amounts to something like my character showed how meaningless her life is by going to a gay bar after a party with some lesbians she and her lover pick up, it doesn't work for us. This was the theme of one story recently published in a magazine that considers itself edgy. In another, the character spent the entire story obsessing about her breasts before going to a wet t-shirt contest for small boobs with breast enhancement surgery the prize. This stuff sucks.
  3. Have you spent most of your time developing a gripping opening? That is bullshit. Anyone with an ounce of sense can put down a lousy story no matter how catchy the first paragraphs. We don't publish openings. No matter what your agent or editor says, people don't remember the openings of the books that strike them. In fact, every word is as important as every other word. Your opening should set the stage, and if that stage doesn't suit the tastes of your reader, your phrasing is irrelevant.
  4. If you need hooks at the end of chapters to get your reader to move on to the next chapter, then your story is not worth the trouble to read. It's flawed. We won't read it here. The story had better be compelling or hooks are useless for any reader with a brain. In fact, hooks are an insult to the intelligence of the reader.