Our Current Editors: John and Barbara

Hello friends,

John Haggerty and Barbara Barrow are now reading and selecting stories. Here is what they are looking for.

John’s wishlist:

I am more a maximalist than a minimalist. I like Flannery O’Connor, Faulkner, and Melville more than Hemingway and Carver. I like beautiful sentences—if you write with rhythm and electricity, it will make me take notice.

Literature should take chances. Send me something that you were afraid to write, something that made you so uncomfortable you didn’t want to be in the same room with it. Break some rules. Teeter on the edge of failure. That’s where things really start to come alive.

Barbara’s wishlist:

I like offbeat writing and even dark humor, especially if it’s tied to complex character development. Some of my faves: Amber Sparks, Carmen Maria Machado, Shirley Jackson. 

To read John’s previous selections, click here.
This is Barbara’s first time serving as an editor. Find some of her work on her website.

We look forward to reading your work!