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Write or Die Magazine is all about the transparency of the process. We are interested in the day-to-day routines of writers, in the messy drafts, in the rejections, in the hours spent staring into space. From our nonfiction editor: Essays: We publish first-person narrative essays that explore the intersection of writing and life (whatever that means to you). We are always interested in essays that illuminate the strange, obsessive, spiritual/magical ways that writing and reading shape our reality. Interviews: We are currently looking for interviews with writers who have a book forthcoming or recently published. We are especially interested in featuring interviews with authors published by indie presses. From our fiction editors: Tamar is looking for character-driven stories with a strong central emotion. Don’t be afraid to break her heart. She is drawn to characters who make mistakes. She wants to read stories that make her look at life closely and see beauty in the shadows. She is looking for attention to details that are usually overlooked, and she isn’t afraid of surprises. Suzanne is most often drawn to character-driven fiction with a focus on interiority and a penchant for highlighting the surreal elements in everyday life. She most appreciates characters who are haunted in some way—by their pasts, by the hope and uncertainty of the future, by their own conflicting desires, and by the space between what they need and the achievement of those needs. Her favorite stories don’t necessarily adhere to traditional ideas about plot structure, but rather propel themselves forward via constant micro-tensions and questions raised on the page. She is looking for stories that allow us to step into the unknown while simultaneously holding up a mirror and pushing us to go deeper within ourselves. More than anything, she’s seeking stories driven by unique and diverse narrative voices and a strong sense of style at the line level.
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