Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Gleanings from the Latest Issue of Writer's Digest

The November-December 2009 issue of Writer's Digest focuses on the theme Write Short to Break Out! Feature articles not to be missed include
  • 12 Literary Journals Your Future Agent Is Reading
  • Diversify Your Writing Portfolio
  • 5 Reasons Writing Small Can Help You Make It Big
  •  10 Personal Essays to Try
  • Anthologies Cover to Cover
The literary journals were chosen by polling 40 literary agents about what they read, narrowed down to the following:
  1. Agni Magazine
  2. A Public Space
  3. Chicago Review
  4. Crazyhorse
  5. Glimmer Train
  6. McSweeney's
  7. n+1
  8. One Story
  9. Slice Magazine
  10. Tin House
  11. Triquarterly
  12. Zoetrope: All-Story
 The editors of these journals answered WD's questions about their founding dates, when/how often they are published, the key to breaking in, readership, past notable writers, and submission guidelines. Article compiler Zachary Petit makes a compelling case for taking a closer look at these journals and how an individual author's writing might be a fit.

Tom Hallman, Jr., a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and winner for Feature Writing shares insights into focusing on what authors can learn from writing smaller pieces for markets that could be the beginning of one's literary career. Don't miss this one!

The article on personal essays set me thinking about the possibility of at least trying one of the ten types described by multi-published author Dinty W. Moore, a teacher in the creative nonfiction program at Ohio University. He organizes essays into contemplative, memoir, lyric, nature, travel, spiritual, gastronomical, humor, blog, and "everything else". There's definitely food for thought here.

It usually takes me several weeks to thoroughly digest (no pun intended) this magazine and the others to which I subscribe, but I never come away empty-handed--or empty-minded as the case may be! May I suggest that if you don't subscribe, you should--or at least visit your local library and spend some time reading an issue--or pluck one from the nearest newsstand. For the serious writer, it's well worth what you shell out of your pocketbook! 

Disclaimer: I have no connection with Writer's Digest except as a subscriber.

1 comment:

nlindabrit said...

Yes, I heartily concur about the value of the WD and other writing magazines as well. I tend to 'dip' into them, rather than read them cover to cover, but I always find valuable advice and information in them.