Tag Archives: Fiction

Summer Writers Plan

Dear Kitchen Table Writers,

Below is a list of summer reading I plan to do — and I recommend for you. I’ve dipped into each of these and am eager to find a hammock somewhere and read for hours on end. Share your reading list in the comments!

Summer Reading List

Let Me Out Here, by Emily Pease, What Luck, This Life, by Kathryn Schwille, The Shaman of Turtle Valley, by Cliff Garstang, Magnetic Girl, by Jessica Handler, Nice People, by David Jauss, A Delicious Country, by Scott Huler (nonfiction).  I’m sure I’ll read more!

Do you have a book you read every summer? Mine: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by C.S. Lewis.

Literary Journals

Here’s a list from Kathryn Milam – suggested literary journals to try. I suggest you spend two hours every week reading from these journals and writing a two page story. Find a short piece you like. Use the first line as a prompt to write your own piece. In your final revision, revise the first line so that it belongs completely to you. Then send it out!

LIT JOURNALS

SAND Journal

The Antigonish Review

The New Quarterly

The Fiddlehead

The Malahat Review

Literary Orphans

PANK

Elimae

Boston Literary Magazine

Sonic Boom

North American Review

Red Fez

Mudseason Review

FIVE:2:ONE magazine

Angel City Review

Drunk Monkeys

Lunch Ticket

HOOT

Five Points

SmokeLong Quarterly

Ploughshares

The Missouri Review

Gulf Coast

Cheap Pop

Yemassee Journal

Newfound Journal

Paper Darts

Print-Oriented Bastards

Great weather for MEDIA

The Baltimore Review

Bat City Review

Broadsided

The Tishman Review

Journal of Compressed Creative Arts

Friday Flash Fiction

Cabinet

Antioch Review

The Southampton Review

Puerto del Sol

Chicago Quarterly Review

Crannog

Gargoyle

The Istanbul Review

Modern Shorts

Room Magazine

r.kv.r.y quarterly

Tahoma Literary Review

Blackbird

Image

Tin House

The Threepenny Review

Epoch

Spiritus

KYSO Flash

Barrelhouse

Day One

Hobart

Faultline

Bodega

Gravel

Passages North

Wigleaf

Eleven Eleven

American Short Fiction

Steel Toe Review

Matador Review

Wildness

Booth

The Monarch Review

Inch

Avalon Literary Review

The Writing Disorder

Luna Review

Cease, Cows

Pleiades

Mojave River Review

Alice Blue Review

Wyvern Lit

Synaesthesia Magazine

Quarter After Eight

The Citron Review

Neon Literary Magazine

100 Word Story

The Stoneslide Corrective

Quick Fiction

Failbetter

Black Warrior Review

No Tokens

Corium

The Butter

Gemini Magazine

The Iowa Review

Seneca Review

Northwest Review

Subtropics

McSweeney’s

Catapult

The American Reader

Lenny Letter

StoryShack

3:AM Magazine

Nanoism

Matchbook Lit Mag

Mascara Review

The Virginia Normal

The Stinging Fly

Juked

Threadcount

Calamus Journal

The Conium Review

Great Jones Street

Hayden’s Ferry Review

Ad Hoc Fiction

Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Flash Fiction

Prime Number Magazine

 

  • The BOLDED journals are ones that I know for sure accept flash fiction. The others probably do as well, but are devoted mainly to flash.

 

The Pushcart Listings

Finally, here’s a link to a great discussion of why you should use the Clifford Garstang Pushcart listings. Trish Hopkins blog

A Quilt, A Novel, A Field

AJ Quilt Indigo Field

Thomas Wolfe wrote,

“. . . a stone, a leaf, an unfound door;”

in his seminal novel Look Homeward, Angel. I was inspired in part by Wolfe’s incandescent sense of place to write my first novel, about a Field. A Field so full of layers of history and mystery, plants and animals, people and hauntings, that it shimmers with life.

Over the many years of drafting, my talented friend AJ Coutu has been listening to my frustrations, my wine-infused rhapsodies, my struggles and triumphs on the page. We go on regular retreats together, where I tear out my hair and write, and she calmly quilts, draws, makes other kinds of art.

This week she surprised me with a quilt.

A quilt so full of life, it shimmers. A quilt that spookily tells the story of my Field, though AJ has never read my book in whole, only parts. Gorgeous images, a fish that is a rainbow, a wild woman dancing, suns and stars, patterns and squares, gros-grain ribbon that could be just the thing to mark a passage in the Bible, and spirits loose in the land. My heart is full. I will sleep under this quilt and dream. I will dream that this novel will somehow get loose in the world. And AJ can finally read it.

The marvelous fabric designer who created the center panel is Laurel Burch, an extraordinary California artist who died in 2007. Her inspiring life story is here.