As part of my ongoing guest post series in this blog, Suchen Christine Lim, one of Singapore’s best known authors, spoke to us about her writing journey before the holidays. Today, Scott Bryson, the editor of Cigale Literary Magazine answers questions on what leads him to choose a short story for his publication. Feel free to leave your questions for him in the comments section, and he might stop by to answer them.
1. What led you to establish Cigale Literary magazine? What are your plans for its future?
I hoped to connect readers with new and emerging writers and to help those
writers begin a career in the literary arts. I saw a need for a publication that emphasized literature as a tradition, where writers who are also avid readers could contribute to a literary conversation. In the future I hope to publish translations and maybe poetry. I also hope to go to print and pay my authors.
I would like to see more writing that is challenging and shows an urgency
in speaking about universal human themes. I would also like to see more
writing from a third person narrative and some that is genre bending.
I would like to see less writing told from the first person and less that
is the author’s personal history, unless that personal history reveals
some wider truth about the human experience.
4. To a lot of readers, literary fiction is boring writing. How can
writers engage more readers with their literary work?
Literary fiction is meant to provide perspective and challenge the reader.
It is meant to be difficult. But the more you read it the more enjoyable
- Keep polishing your work, as it might not be ready when you first finish it.
- Make sure you follow the submission instructions from the magazine.
- Have a general understanding of the magazine and what they usually look for. Even magazines that say they don’t look for anything in particular have something in mind.
- Read, read, and read.
- But mostly, getting published is luck.
1. The Spider Thread – Ryunosuke Akutagawa
2. Poor People – Fydor Dostoyevsky
3. A Hunger Artist – Franz Kafka
4. The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl – Ray Bradbury
5. Frost and Fire – Ray Bradbury
I recently finished A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. Yes I would
recommend this to your readers as a classic of English Literature. In many
ways it is like some short stories I receive but Burgess makes a larger
point than showing the reader violent acts of a youth.
Cigale Literary Magazine was founded in September 2011 as an online literary magazine to publish the works of new and existing authors. It is a quarterly online literary journal featuring powerful new voices in the genres of short fiction, flash fiction fiction, and literary criticism/reviews.
Have you sent you stories for publication in a journal or magazine? What has been your experience of publication? Do you have story submission questions for Scott?