What feasts all these reading rooms offer us now on the
Web. There is so much sweeping talent to click
through. Of the two hundred pieces Scott Garson narrowed down
for me I have chosen fifty by fifty different writers. There
were several pieces it was hard to leave out.
In choosing the final fifty, I looked for story. I looked for
some sort of sense of completion, some sort of narrative
movement. What drew me were shapes that offered more than a
trick, more than a scene that cries to go on, more than a one-note
joke. I discovered pieces, ends in themselves that take my
breath away with sorrow or resonant laughter, leave me with lingering
This is what these gorgeous little stories did for me and I hope they
do the same for you.
Can I steal Matt Bell's title? I have worked to assemble here
for the reader a showroom filled with fabulous prizes, prizes that take
on a variety of styles and hit us in a myriad of ways. I
and the writers here welcome your entry.
Darlin' Neal's fiction has appeared in The Southern Review, Puerto del Sol, elimae, Juked, Shenandoah and others.
Her work is forthcoming in anthologies from Dzanc Books and Snowvigate Press. She teaches in the University
of Central Florida's MFA program.
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