How I Found Sucker, Kimberly Kreines, author of “Black Lacey”

I found Sucker as a staff reader first. I enjoyed reading all of the submissions for the first two issues and decided to submit for volume three. My experience working on both ends has been phenomenal. The staff is supportive of the writers, and I can tell by all the enthusiasm and hard work involved that Sucker does its best to promote the writers as well as each volume. I feel very fortunate to be one of the writers in volume three.

– Kimberly Kreines, author of “Black Lacey” volume 3

How I Found Sucker- Lilliam Rivera

I found out about Sucker Literary through twitter. Someone in my timeline posted how the journal was looking for young adult submissions. It’s been a great experience. The editors work really close to make sure you are putting out your best work. They’ve worked closely with me to make this story as strong as possible.

Lilliam Rivera, “The H8TE”,  Volume III, click here.
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How I Found Sucker, Evelyn Ehrlich author of “The Chemistry of You and Me”

Years ago, at my first SCBWI conference in LA, I befriended Lilliam Rivera, a sassy and very fashionable YA writer. We kept in touch and saw each other every summer at the LA conference, where we’d share our small successes and cheer each other on. Fast forward to this fall, when I caught a tweet from Lilliam that Sucker had an open call for submissions. It was a sign. I already had THE CHEMISTRY OF YOU AND ME written. I sent it in. A few weeks later, I got “The Email” from Hannah Goodman, editor extraordinaire, that my piece had been accepted for publication. Woo hoo! I tweeted about it, of course. And that’s when Lilliam revealed that she, too, had a story forthcoming in volume 3. It really was fate that we’d take this journey together and wind up published at the same time, in the same anthology. So now we’re not only friends, we’re also Sucker family.

Evelyn Ehrlich author of “The Chemistry of You and Me”, Volume III, click here.

 

How I Found Sucker, Charity Tahmaseb author of ” Just a Matter of Time”

I can’t remember exactly. I think Sucker popped up on my radar via YARN: Young Adult Review Network. All I remember is being so excited at another venue for young adult short stories. I bought volumes 1 and 2 right when they came out and I’m so thrilled to be part of volume 3.

Charity Tahmaseb, author of  “Just a Matter of Time”

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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!

 

To learn more about Kacey,  go to her website.

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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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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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