Our Current Editors: Jacky and Sarah

Hello friends,

Sarah Starr Murphy and Jacky Taylor are reading and selecting stories in March. Here is what they are looking for.

Sarah Starr Murphy’s wishlist:

Short, long, experimental or more traditional, I have no preferences in structure or length as long as they fit the story.  I’m a fan of the unexpected, a sucker for quirky characters and crackling dialogue.

Jacky Taylor’s wishlist:

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.

To read Sarah’s previous selections, click here.
To read Jacky’s previous selections, click here.

Thanks for checking us out. We look forward to reading your work!