LET'S GET THE BALL ROLLING HERE:
Here is the editorial philosophy I posted on the LITSNACK website:
* Great poems explode like fireworks
* Great stories explore change--
specifically in people, places, or
ideas. There must be transformation!
* In great language, syntax is lean, word
* Use specific nouns and strong verbs
* Kill adjectives and adverbs
* Great stories use all of the
traditional plot points (exposition,
inciting moment, rising action, climax,
falling action, conclusion)
* Or, if not, they at least answer all of
their own questions (that's Chekhov,
* In poems, create emotion through
imagery, figurative language, and
specific, evocative details
* Same for stories, except add strong
characters and vivid setting
* Do the above, and theme takes care of
* In short, good literature doesn't have
to be long
* Our motto at LITSNACK: "Easy in. Easy
out. Nobody gets hurt."
The only comment posted thus far on that page was not positive.
Be honest. I can take it. :)
Now: Talk amongst yourselves.
I do agree, Don - Good literature doesn't have to be long. Good mantra.
Went to the website - Peycho Kanev's "Crazy Enough" is a marvelous poem. Also, especially liked Roxanne Gay's story "Men Don't Leave Me."
Thanks, Sam. I appreciate you going there. As I commented on it after publishing Roxane's story "Men Don't Leave," is that her story is how you do it!
The fun thing for me about LITSNACK is getting to back and read it like a reader!
I love that part!
LITSNACK is an in-between meal treat for people who want a little taste of literature without ruining their dinner. Please send your short poetry (1-35 lines) and Micro/Flash fiction (50-1000 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org (please include a short bio.)
Please use this forum to discuss short poetry, micro-fiction, flash fiction, or anything else. You can also post pieces and engage in feedback. Feel free to ask me any questions as well. But not about that one night in Prague. That's off-limits.
And naturally, anyone here at Fictionaut is invited to submit to LITSNACK. In fact, I hope that will happen, as the quality of the writing I've seen here is amazing.
I hope you find this forum helpful, and I look forward to hearing from you.