SUCKER LITERARY, VOLUME 3, WILL BE PUBLISHED IN DIGITAL AND PRINT VERSIONS ON APRIL 15TH, 2014!
Available on Amazon and other online bookstores.
Can be ordered from your local independent bookseller as well .
THE EDGIEST VOLUME YET!
Eleven stories that delve into the depths of our experience—driven by fierce and untouched love that makes us: seek, lose, fear, desire, long, reflect, survive, steal, protect, fall, and confess.
Stay tuned for our cover reveal and more information about purchasing volume three!
Sucker Literary, Volume 2, PRICE CUT from November
27th-November 30th. In the Kindle Store on Amazon.com
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Sucker Literary, Volume 1,
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November 26th- November 29th.
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Thank you to all of the writers who submitted during ALL of our submission periods this year!
Below is a list of all the writers and the titles of their short stories that will be featured in volume three of Sucker Literary, due out in the spring of 2014.
Congrats to all!
The H8TE Lilliam Rivera
Valentine’s Day Claudia Classon
Halfway From Shelli Cornelison
Her Tree Boy Blaze Lina Branter
How To Fall Kacey Vanderkarr
If it Rains Kristina Wojtaszek
Black Lacy Kimberly Kreines
Superpower Mary Malhotra
The Chemistry of You and Me Evelyn Ehrlich
Just a Matter of Time Charity Tahmaseb
A Different Kind of Cute Hannah R. Goodman
Attention YA Writers! Sucker Literary is still looking for a few more stories to round out volume three. But not just any stories. At this time, we are only looking for suckerlicious stories that feature one or more of the following: Read more »
Due to the volume of submissions and time constraints of getting closer to putting together volume three, we do not offer feedback for submissions received on Open Door Day. As you know if you have been following our blog, I (Hannah, founder) put a very high value on our submitters and try to be conscious of letting folks know why their piece wasn’t accepted. Please know that your story was read by me and at least two other readers, and that we have taken great time and care in making these decisions. Read more »
Sucker Literary volume 2 is going on tour for one month, starting July 1. Take a look at the schedule of Sucker Literary authors and where they will be. Read more »
We are currently responding to submissions, so check your inbox! Please be patient with us as we process the feedback sheets. Some folks will not receive feedback because their submission didn’t follow the guidelines. Specifically, they submitted a piece that is not YA. To us, YA is high school through the first year of college, maybe. Thanks to the flourishing New Adult genre, we do not need to include the college age through first few post-college years.
We are also having Joseph Lee, of Wolf&Fox Design Studio, redesign and relaunch our blogsite so that it is a REAL website. The mock-up is AMAZING and our fans and supporters will not be disappointed. Details, plus an interview with Joseph, are forthcoming.
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Just want to share with our SUCKER fans and friends this beautiful review of volume 2 by Arianne St. Clare.
From Hannah, our editor and founder.
1. I’m serious about revising. Like to the point of pain. Like it’s my religion. No kidding. I come from the school of a piece isn’t finished unless you have revised it—minimal— five times. Once I signed with my agent, we revised my manuscript several times. This was in addition to the 5 times I had already revised on my own and with some beta readers. FYI: I also spent 2.5 years in an MFA program where I revised so much, I injured both elbows . . . permanently.
2. No, seriously, I’m serious about revising. If you can’t hang with a potentially intense revision experience, then you aren’t a candidate for Sucker Literary mentoring. Even though it may hurt (physically or emotionally) to revise for/with us, we do it because we believe in your piece. Also, revise with us and keep your own version. If anything, the process can be a learning stretch. Why not? Also, FYI, I may accept a piece immediately, but it doesn’t mean revisions won’t be part of the process. Conversely, I may revise with you 2-3 times but ultimately not accept it.
3. When making decisions about accepting or mentoring a piece, I ask for help. If I have read a piece too many times and can’t be objective any more, I call upon my Top Readers. This has happened a few times where I have gone for two or more rounds with a writer and still can’t say no but also can’t say yes. At that point I know I am not seeing something. I am unable to see things as they are because I have worked on it too much. Maybe it’s more ready to go then I think. So, this is when I reach out to my Top Team because they know my taste and understand my vision for Sucker yet have their own perspective and set of critical eyes; they can help me to see the piece clearly again.
4. I have rejected some of my favorite writer friends, staff members, and supporters. Even though it’s a more painful process to reject people I care about, I am able to separate the work from my emotions.
5. Sucker Literary is MY vision. As in, MY vision of YA short stories. While I do have a large staff of readers and some PR folks and our awesome Webmaster, the pieces that are chosen to be published are ones that I feel reflect what I want to read. I definitely tend to read more contemporary, realistic fiction but sci-fi is my secret obsession, specifically, gritty, character-driven sci-fi. Ender’s Game, Feed, The Giver, Fahrenheit 451, and Brave New World are some of my all time tops. However, genre does not dictate what I will accept, the quality of writing and the compellingness of the main character supersede all other elements.
6. I created Sucker Literary for HUGELY talented, emerging writers who believe in and are committed to their work and craft. Sucker writers know that what they have to say is important and are willing to work really hard to make their stories amazing.
7. I also created Sucker Literary for teens. I was a classroom teacher (middle and high school) and my day job now is a writing coach and tutor to elementary through college students. Majority of my high school students express HUGE dissatisfaction with the required reading lists and literary anthologies they are assigned to read. Most feel that contemporary short fiction is LACKING in the “cannon”. It’s not that students don’t like to read the classics, it’s that they also want to have the option to read more contemporary work, stories that they can directly connect with and talk about.
8. But I didn’t create Sucker Literary to be taught in high schools. Let’s be honest, some of our stories are too edgy to be used in the classroom. If schools are removing Perks of Being a Wallflower , Sucker Literary doesn’t have a chance. We are here for the teen readers who seek edgy, contemporary short fiction.
9. I like when you show me some love. When you submit, it doesn’t hurt (in fact, it helps) if you tell me what your FAVORITE Sucker Literary story is.
We want to make an official welcome and introduce Sucker Literary fans to Joseph Lee of Wolf&Fox Design Studio! Below is just a brief look into the many talents of our Joseph Lee. He also has acted as a YA lit advisor to Sucker Literary and as a reader. We are so lucky and happy to have him as part of the Sucker Literary family! Read more »
The question every submitting writer wants to ask the agents or editors who have their work.
At SUCKER LITERARY, we try to be very transparent about the submitting/responding process. So I will break down the steps for all of you who have submitted (and those of you who are just curious). Read more »
Author Ann Karasinski
“A Level Playing Field”
Several years ago in our now defunct local newspaper, I read about a woman, a wife and mother, who had died in a tragic accident. Over time the her story began to haunt me. The newspaper described the woman’s community involvement and named her surviving family members, including a teenaged son. I wondered how her son actually would survive, how he would remember his mother and see his dad, and how he would see himself. Eventually, this son took up residence in my imagination and spoke to me through my own secrets and experiences and became Jason O’Donnell. Read more »
About a year ago, I had just finished another book about an impossibly sexy angel guy and his weak (and clueless) human soul-mate. Now, I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy the book, but it made me think; what if the roles were reversed. What would happen if there was a strong kick-ass and sexy female angel and her weak and plain human lover boy. And to really twist it up, what if she was the bad guy? Or supposed to be the bad guy?
To get my novels straight in my head, I sometimes write short stories about them to work out voice, character traits, tone, etc. Well, that’s what I did here (minus lover boy), and I blew through this story so fast I barely breathed. I immediately fell in love with my feisty DARK ANGEL, Lucy, and her jerk of a brother, Damon. Read more »
KELLY SAMUELS, author of “Do You Remember Fred?”
A few years back, I went to UCLA to investigate their Extension’s decorating program. And now I’m a writer. Somehow I ended up at the Writer’s Fair, sat in on a lecture and listened to an author talk about all the characters she has swimming around in her head. I thought, Hallelujah, I don’t have a multiple personality disorder; I just have characters searching for a plot. (Some characters I’ve had with me since childhood!) Read more »
Hannah R. Goodman, author of “Miki & Dex” SUCKER LITERARY: an anthology (volume 2)
This is a story taken directly from an episode of the TV show that could be my teenage years: The Hannah Chronicles. It is highly fictionalized for your consumption because what really happened that night . . . well, let’s put it this way, there is a reason why I only write fiction and why I will NEVER write a memoir. Read more »
Last summer I learned that having a second story accepted by SUCKER entitles an author to a whole new level of editorial support. While most literary magazines merely offer a perfunctory assessment of one’s latest blood, sweat, and tears opus, SUCKER ups the ante by providing en suite one-on-one overnight collaboration. Read more »
The story behind the story “The Missing Ingredient”
A transcription of a conversation with my therapist, July 2012
Therapist: So in summary, what you seem to be saying is that you’re still holding onto the humiliation you felt as a teenager.
Me: Well, duh. Isn’t everyone? Read more »