July 2015

When Literature and TV Collide, and Join Forces

July 31, 2015

Something I have noticed about television shows is that their writers like to work literary references into the shows. I haven’t watched all of TV–there are too many channels, plus I have a job, so I can’t talk about the subject comprehensively. There are three shows I have watched all or some of, though, that make references to literature. They are all different from one another. …

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Contributor Interview: J. Bowers

July 27, 2015

This interview is part of a series between our contributors and Outreach and Interviews Editor Brian Kornell.  Born and brought up in south central Pennsylvania, J. Bowers now lives in Columbia, Missouri, where she teaches writing at the University of Missouri. Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Portland Review, Redivider, The Indiana Review, The Laurel Review, and other journals. In her free time, she thinks about …

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Six Questions for Christine

July 21, 2015
SQF: What are the top three things you look for in a submission and why?

CG: The easiest thing to notice and to look for is capable writing. And since we’re tuned in to work that is meaningful and searching, the next thing we tend to appreciate is significance—what the piece explores or exposes, how it approaches meaning and experience and thought. If I have to choose just one more thing, I would say that we look for work that’s nuanced, surprising. Surprises happen in many ways—form, figurative language, the narrative, etc. The nicest surprises are usually nowhere near the “end.”

Jim Harrington at Six Questions For asks an editor of a lit mag six questions every week. Here’s his interview with me.

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