… try to be fresh, not familiar and safe, and edit ruthlessly.

November 21, 2008 § Leave a comment


Brevity editor Dinty W. Moore interviewed at Web del Sol:

AMG: Brevity accepts CNF submissions of 750 words or less. Why stop at 750 words?

DM: It started because I didn’t want to read long pieces on a computer screen.  Since then, I’ve learned all sorts of wonderful things about brief writing, flash nonfiction, micro-essays, and what I’ve learned makes the short form all the more intriguing. But the real first impulse was to save our eyesight.

AMG: When it comes to Brevity’s submissions, do you have a preference to certain styles and/or topics?

DM: As soon as I say that I’m tired of a topic – love of grandparents, for instance – someone submits an essay on that topic that blows my head open.  So we are open to anything, but try to be fresh, not familiar and safe, and edit ruthlessly.

AMG: What really makes a submission stand out?

DM: Tight prose, from the first sentence to the end, and surprise.  Take the reader somewhere she didn’t realize the piece was going.

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