Our November/December issue includes a profile of Susan Orlean, author of The Library Book; a conversation between best-selling novelists Barbara Kingsolver and Richard Powers; our third annual 5 Over 50; a special section on literary magazines, including articles on navigating contracts, cultivating inclusivity, and the changing landscape of digital submissions; plus an interview with Emily Nemens of the Paris Review, agent advice, writing prompts, and more.
5 Over 50: 2018
In our third annual installment of this series, five authors over the age of fifty who published their debut books this year—Jeanne McCulloch, A. G. Lombardo, Anne Youngson, Maw Shein Win, and Laura Esther Wolfson—share their paths to publication.
Talking to Strangers: A Profile of Susan Orlean
In more than twenty-five years at the New Yorker, during which time she has written eight books, including The Library Book, published in October, Susan Orlean has displayed a remarkable talent: getting people to talk.
A Talk in the Woods: Barbara Kingsolver and Richard Powers
A conversation between two best-selling authors turns into an impromptu master class in fiction under a canopy of leaves in southwestern Virginia.
Fight for Your Rights: Understanding Literary Magazine Contracts
An author seeks advice from an agent and an Authors Guild representative about what to know before signing a contract—and how to identify and address questionable terms.
Telling a Different Story: How to Cultivate Inclusivity at Literary Magazines
More than a dozen writers and editors offer insight on how literary journals can effectively develop and maintain inclusive publishing practices to open the door to diverse readers and writers.
Diving Into the Digital Slush Pile: How Online Submissions Are Changing Lit Mags (and Your Chances of Publication)
With the rise of platforms like Submittable, it’s easier than ever for writers to submit work to magazines—but the slush piles keep getting bigger.
News and Trends
Q&A: The New Editor of the Paris Review
Emily Nemens on her new role at the storied magazine, her editing process, and her plans for future issues.
The Anthologist: A Compendium of Uncommon Collections
A roundup of new anthologies, including Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves, edited by Glory Edim.
Literary MagNet: Laura Da’
A poet discusses four journals that published poems from her second collection, Instruments of the True Measure.
Small Press Points: Unicorn Press
An independent press in Greensboro, North Carolina, has been publishing full-length and chapbook-length poetry collections for fifty years.
Classic Meets Graphic
An increasing number of classic books, such as To Kill a Mockingbird and Anne Frank’s diaries, are being adapted into graphic form.
Publishing Books About Grief
Helmed by Ann Hood, a new imprint from Akashic Books offers a home for books about grief, loss, and recovery.
The Intersection of Art and Literature
Siglio Press celebrates ten years of publishing genre-defying books that incorporate literary and visual art.
Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin
The first lines of a dozen new and noteworthy books, including Natasha Trethewey’s Monument: Poems New and Selected and Alice Walker’s Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart.
The Practical Writer
Agent Advice: Priya Doraswamy of Lotus Lane Literary
An agent answers questions on obtaining the copyright of a self-published novel and seeking a U.S. publisher from abroad.
Reviewers & Critics: Laurie Hertzel of the Star Tribune
In this continuing series, a book critic discusses Minnesota’s thriving literary community and the importance of reviewing small-press titles.
The Literary Life
A Forgotten Form: The Art of Letter Writing
Ernest Hemingway’s great-granddaughter makes a case for writing letters to help strengthen and sustain your writing practice.
Writing Partners: Working Together Through Writing and Life
A memoirist posts a want ad to find a writing partner—someone to keep her on task and help her finish her book. What she discovers is so much more.
The Time Is Now: Writing Prompts and Exercises
Explore emotional ties to personal objects in a poem, write a short story about the holiday season, and use interviews for an essay—three prompts to get you writing.