This post was written by Friday guest blogger Emma Garman.
Adrienne Miller talks to Claire Zulkey about editing fiction for Esquire and writing her own novel, among other things.
A scholar of medieval literature tells of his experience writing and selling a historical novel, which included rejecting a high bid from a publisher because the editor wanted him to make the book, a real-life story of a rape case in fourteenth century France, “more of a romance.”
Dayo Olopade finds Joel Derfner’s Gay Haiku cynical but amusing, especially “Gay marriage gives us/The most vital right of all:/Registry at Saks.”
Atlantic Monthly fiction editor C. Michael Curtis is putting together the magazine’s first fiction issue, “composed entirely of short stories, related commentary, and poetry.” In an online interview (behind paid subscription) he says that in selecting work:
I don’t have any fixed rules, though I certainly have biases. I want something to happen. I prefer a story that concerns itself with events and their consequences in the lives of principal characters. I’m not partial to what you might call a sketch or a glimpse. I also read every story looking for distinctive dialogue, strong mechanics, and skillful use of figurative language – things that create a sense of artfulness rather than just a plodding working-through of plot.