The monthly men’s magazine Esquire announced last week that its newly hired fiction editor, Tom Chiarella, will publish twice as many original stories next year as were published in 2006. According to editor in chief David Granger, Esquire will also begin to assign original stories rather than rely solely on submissions. Chiarella, who was a contributing editor for the magazine, succeeds Adrienne Miller, the author of the novel The Coast of Akron (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005), who left the position in 2005.
The seventy-three-year-old magazine has published stories by fiction writers Raymond Carver, Ernest Hemingway, Vladimir Nabokov, Antonya Nelson, Flannery O’Connor, Philip Roth, and David Foster Wallace. The November issue features Michael Martone’s short story “The Death of Derek Jeter.” Martone’s collection of autobiographical short stories, Michael Martone (Fiction Collective 2, 2005), was a Summer 2006 Read This! selection of the Litblog Co-op, an online cooperative of twenty-one literary blogs.