What I Look for in a Fiction Submission

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October 31, 2011 by citronreview


A daring voice and subject matter that sticks to my ribs. I favor downward spirals: abuse, addiction, suffering and triumph. I like desperate and sorrowful stories like Rob Roberge’s “Swiss Engineering” and “Border Radio” in Working Backwards From the Worst Moment of My Life. I love Lorrie Moore’s short stories in Birds of America (bar none). I like clever, salacious and surprising stories, daring the reader to keep turning the page, like Gina Frangello’s short story “Saving Crystal” in her collection Slut Lullabies. I dislike cliché’s:  things we have heard before: stories about cheating husbands or abortions.

-Antonia Crane,
Fiction and CNF Editor, The Citron Review

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