2009/06/03

Narrative Magazine

A handsomely designed, highly accessible journal for new and veteran writers of fiction and poetry. I just submitted a story for their "story of the week section," they promise a response in 4-8 weeks, I think they said. And if you just want to read (not write), you'll find lot of engaging stories here. Check it out:
Narrative Magazine

4 comments:

Kerri Arsenault said...

I saw your kind words on our comment section and your equally supportive words here. I'll try to spread the word about your blog too. Thank you.

Dirk said...

I like Narrative too. I have occasion to look a short stories online from time to time, mostly checking out if a given mag might be interested in mine. Mostly I find it a wasteland. I would say I think 1 story in 10 is pretty good. The batting average at Narrative is a good deal higher. Another online mag I like, which is near you if ‘near you’ means anything on the Internet, is the Barcelona Review (http://www.barcelonareview.com/).
I liked the male conversation enhancement cartoon too. I sent it to a few friends. One, a woman feminist, replied “uh huh, uh huh ....”. The other is a Finnish Jungian. In Finland the level of taciturnity in both sexes is proverbial. She replied, “Can you bring us some packages when you come?”
I’ve submitted a couple of things to Narrative and we have a we-don’t-want-it-but-please-send-more relationship. I’ve known such relationships to last for decades, longer than the average marriage.
But it maybe that both as a reader and a writer I am not really suited to the short story. I tend to chafe and the limitations of the form, and my favorite short stories are ones like Joyce’s “The Dead” and Chekhov’s” The Woman with the Pet Dog” that flow with long waves.

gef said...

Thanks for mentioning the Barcelona Review, which I had forgotten about. Since I'm now writing fiction in Spanish as well as English, this may be a good place to try. Also to read.

"The Dead" is also one of my favorites. I don't remember -- maybe never read -- that Chekhov story. I'll look for it.

Dirk said...

The title of the Chekov story (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lady_with_the_Dog_(short_story) ) is variously translated. The commonest is "The lady with the Dog” There are other versions. I used the title I did in deference to a friend who teaches Slavic literature and translates Chekov who feels strongly about it.