Introducing: Featured Workshop Story
There's some phenomenal stuff happening in our Writers Workshop, and we want to celebrate that. We want to take our writers from behind the workshop's paywall and share their work with the world. For the past few months we've been kicking around ideas on how to do that, and we've finally settled on one that we like a lot—and we hope you like it, too.
Introducing: Featured Workshop Story.
Here’s how it’s going to work: Every month, we’ll pick three stories from the workshop that meet our criteria (under 4,000 words, previously unpublished, original work of fiction). We’ll then strip the stories of all identifying details, and pass them along to our celebrity guest editor. That guest editor will read the stories and pick his or her favorite. We’ll then run that story, in full, in our magazine. Free and clear for anyone to read.
You have to opt in, and if your story is picked, it’ll run with your bio, we’ll promote it, and you’ll retain the rights. All we’ll do is archive it, and if at any point you want us to take it down, just ask. Oh, and we'll pay you $25 (by check for U.S. residents, through PayPal for non-U.S. residents).
Our first guest editor will be Craig Clevenger, who probably doesn't need an introduction, but just in case: He's the author of The Contortionist's Handbook and Dermaphoria, and the instructor of the hugely-popular workshop 200 Proof Storytelling.
The opt in box will soon be available in the writers workshop (if it's not there already). Any story entered in the workshop in September qualifies for the first round—even if you already put in a story, you can go back and opt-in retroactively.
Remember, here are the requirements for a story to qualify:
- Under 4,000 words
- Original work of fiction
- Previously unpublished
If your story is chosen, you will have the opportunity to make revisions based on the comments you've gotten in the workshop. We'll be aiming to run stories sometime around the end of the month, depending on when the guest editor gets back, revisions are done, etc. So our first Featured Workshop Story will run at the end of October.
Keep in mind, this is very much a work-in-progress. We've got a good sense of how we want to handle this—but we're open to comments, or questions, or derision, or whatever. Get at us in the comments section below.
Otherwise… get writing!
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