Submissions to our 2014 Fiction Prize are open from September 1 to October 31. Our judge is the fabulously talented Roxane Gay. Here, Gay answers questions asked her about her favorite short stories, the critical importance of the title, which “writing rule” she’s wary of, and what she’d be up to in Ina Garten’s kitchen.
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There’s no question: Writing short can be difficult. And short is what our annual 1/2K Prize is all about. There’s the limited word count (500 words) and the unlimited genre constraints (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, short-shorts, prose poetry–a welcome collapse of genre). We asked Seuss to tell us more about her excellent piece, “Wal-Mart Parking Lot,” which won our 1/2K Prize in 2013 and appears in our Summer 2014 issue. Here she divulges which Wal-Mart inspired her, her approach to writing the piece, and the challenges and triumphs of the compressed form.
We hope this helps all you current and prospective Half-K authors. Submissions for this year’s contest are now open through August 15th. Click here for a full list of guidelines.