How I Found Sucker, Shelli Cornelison, author of “Halfway From”

I actually can’t remember how I first found Sucker. It had to have been online, but I don’t remember the specifics. I feel like I’ve always known about Sucker! Being a part of Sucker and watching it grow has been a great experience. The editorial suggestions have been spot on and I now interact regularly with writers I know only because of Sucker. I can’t wait for Hannah to make it to Austin. There’s a margarita here with her name on it.

– Shelli Cornelison, author of “Halfway From”

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How I Found Sucker, Claudia Classon author of “Valentine’s Day”

In 2011 my agent and friend, Erzsi Deak (of Hen and Ink Literary Studio) sent me Hannah’s announcement requesting short YA fiction for a new teen lit magazine coming out in 2012.  I polished a story I’d written some weeks before and sent it in–and a few weeks later received a note from Hannah that my story was her first YES.  I was thrilled!  The rest (two more stories in SUCKERs #2 and #3) is history!  Hannah and her team (too many names, too little time) are fantastic–great editors, designers, readers.  Everything about working with them has been positive.

Claudia Classon, author of “Valentine’s Day ”

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How I Found Sucker, Kacey Vanderkarr

I found Sucker on Duotrope when I started querying “How to Fall.” At that point, I hadn’t written much short fiction and boy did I hit a gold mine with Sucker! Everyone is ridiculously hard working. I’m so proud to be a part of the Sucker family and I can’t wait to see what the future brings!

 

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How I Found Sucker, Lina Branter author of “Her Tree Boy Blaze”

How I found Sucker? I think I was trolling the internet to see what kind of magazines or journals were out there that showcased writing for young adults. I think Sucker Literary popped up right away!

My experience? My experience has been one of the most rewarding of my writing career and I say that with not even a hint of hyperbole. My writing has never been subject to such careful scrutiny and respectful critique. The care the Sucker editors took in helping me mold my piece and the seriousness with which they did it was shocking at first, gratifying during and resulted in me having more respect for myself as a writer (because if these smart ladies thought my writing was worth it, then who am I to argue?) and a desire to have all my stories go through such a rigorous editorial process. Thank you so much Sucker ladies!

Lina Branter, author of “Her Tree Boy Blaze”

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How I Found Sucker- Founder Hannah R. Goodman

How I found Sucker? Well, I found it by looking around and seeing there wasn’t anything out there that fit my writing style. So I made Sucker. . . and how has it been? The very best experience in my writing life and the serendipitous connections to my staff and writers is truly mystical and magical. xoxoxox

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The Story Behind The Story, “The H8TE”

My inspiration behind the story came from a newspaper article I read when I was young on how these parents chained up their daughter because they believed she was possessed. That article always stayed with me and because I’m a zombie fan, I thought it would be an interesting twist to have a teenage protagonist forced to take care of her zombie mother.

-Lilliam Rivera

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The Story Behind The Story, “If It Rains”

If It Rains was inspired by a deeply personal experience that, at almost 32 years old, I am still not comfortable talking about.  Although I began writing this story as a way to deal with my own raw emotions that still linger from my high school days, I completely made up all of the characters and the setting, because this story isn’t about me; it’s about being pressured.  And anyone can be pressured at anytime, into drinking, bullying, doing stupid stunts, anything a person doesn’t feel comfortable with.  Alexandra suffers serious mental and emotional repercussions after being pressured and giving in to that pressure, and even begins to feel as if she can no longer trust herself.  I know her experience is realistic, because I experienced much of her pain myself.  I guess you could say I wrote this story to remind us all to have the confidence to stick by our own decisions and trust our guts, and to respect the decisions that others make for themselves.

Kristina Wojtaszek  http://authorkw.wordpress.com/

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The Story Behind The Story, “How To Fall”

“How to Fall” is a deeply personal story for me. I never reached the point in my dance career where I considered going professional, I never auditioned for Joffrey or ABA or wanted to go to Julliard, but I always found passion in dance, a kind of release that comes only from art. It’s the ability to close your eyes and be somewhere—someone—else entirely. I also know what it’s like to live in the shadows, always trying to be seen, always trying to be more than just myself. Alyssa’s journey of self-discovery is as symbolic as it is literal. Find the person who will catch you.

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The Story Behind The Story, “Superpower” by Mary Malhotra

When I’m not writing, I tutor students who have to stay home from school for weeks at a time for health reasons. I empathize with how hard it is when they go back to school. In junior high, I was absent for three weeks after a tonsillectomy, and I felt like the whole school was talking about me and judging me when I came back. I had to wonder, how much worse would it have been if I had actually done something to cause my own absence, something terrible I couldn’t forgive myself for?

-Mary Malhotra, “Superpower”

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