BLIND ITEM: EVERY GOOD SHORT STORY WRITTEN IN THE UNITED STATES

Posted by @ 12:45 pm on February 8th, 2010

smug asshole

We don’t run a lot of blind items, but it’s an available tag for posts, so… here’s a blind item.  A few weeks ago, back in January, I was at a reading and got into a conversation with a young fiction editor at one of the most prestigious magazines that still publishes short fiction.  If somebody asked you to name the most prestigious places currently publishing stories, you would almost certainly name this magazine.  I asked how they get the stories they publish, even though I already knew the answer.  He said mostly through agents and from unsolicited submissions, even though only one part of that answer is true.  He also said the following to me:

We get about 2,500 submissions a month.  If you write a short story these days, there aren’t many places to send it.  Between us and the New Yorker, it’s safe to say we see pretty much every good short story written in the United States.

Really, Young Editor at Prestigious Magazine?  Really?

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