Sommer Schafer and Jacky Taylor are reading and selecting stories in June. Here is what they are looking for.
If the writing of your story has had the effect of transporting you into a “movie” of your own making, and you are seeing and feeling everything as if it were actually happening in reality, then I’m sure to love it.
I have an eclectic taste but whatever I read has to have integrity—of purpose, in characterisation, dialogue, narrative arc… all the essential elements. It has to be true to itself whatever the genre. If the prose hooks me first then the rest must reel me in. No matter how good the story, the writing has to sing and no matter how good the writing the story must have a focus. I don’t like style over substance, ideally prose and narrative should work as equal partners. I like emotional depth but not self-consciousness or cliché, confidence not arrogance. I want a story to resonate, to make me think and feel.
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