The first question: What’s talent?
For a new project, NEW POP LIT, we’re receiving a number of submissions which fit into two categories:
1.) Masses of run-on verbiage. The ex-zinester syndrome. Much of it is good, but needs to be put into a structure.
2.) Writers with too much structure. Everything is given from one viewpoint, fitting into a narrow, solipsistic world. The writers and their stories take no risks.
We want explosive writing, but we want it to be tightly compressed, jammed into the confines of a plot, which will make the writing all the more powerful.
We want structure, but we want the writing within that structure not to be careful and timid.
Our goal is to reinvent the short story art.
Launch date: August 16.