A Spectacular, in-depth review of Sucker Literary, Volume III

Take a look at this latest review of volume III and you will see that we are the best in short YA fiction.  Sidebar—if you are reading this, Christina, who is the reviewer, please submit to us on March 16th, 2015. Personal invitation. Your writing is crisp and clear and delightful. y have 24 hours to submit. March 16th, 2015, 12 am through 11:59 pm.


Below, just a sample of this review, which goes through each and every story:

“The H8TE” by Lilliam Rivera

Sixteen-year old Sarah prepares for her first day of school by chaining up her Mamí in her bedroom.

Chills. CHILLS. This is gritty, dark, dangerous. It is matches and switchblades and things gone wrong. Everything gone wrong, in fact. And it’s a knockout story for sure. A virus known as “the H8TE” has been spreading in Sarah’s region, infecting people and turning them into feral shadows of their former selves. And Sarah’s mother has it and is slowly crumbling before her eyes. The desperation and grief wrapped up in this is achingly human and universal despite the obvious science-fiction element. It’s full of panic, blind white panic that left me shaken. This story plummeted and soared in zigzags that made me heartsick and hopeful. It was spellbinding in a razor-sharp, tragic, brutal way. There was nothing it barred from me, nothing it avoided colliding with. This story fell apart in front of me and I loved it.



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, Mary Malhotra author of “Superpower “

My super supportive family helped me find Sucker. My son and his wife Mia (a published poet who is an experienced citizen of the world of literary journals) gave me a birthday card including advice on great journals to submit my work to — and Sucker was on the shortlist. Meanwhile, my mom (and fellow SCBWI member) pointed out an SCBWI article featuring Sucker and editor Hannah Goodman. I got my hands on Volume 1, devoured it, and knew I wanted to be part of the Sucker family! I can’t say enough about the wonderful feedback Hannah and her amazing team give, whether your story is almost there or almost-almost there. Even if a story is rejected outright — I’ve been there too — the feedback makes it not like a slap in the face but rather like an invitation to keep working.

-Mary Malhotra author of  “Superpower ”

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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.


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- Kristina Wojtaszek

I found Sucker Lit online when I was searching for more YA to read.  I guess you could say it was love at first sight, because Sucker offers the real emotions and widely different viewpoints of true-to-life YA experiences.  Sucker doesn’t shy away from the tough issues, and I think that kind of honesty is just what teens are looking for.  It’s an amazing experience to be caught up in a stunning story that actually resonates with your own life, and I think it’s a rare experience, too.  I am not ashamed to say that this is my third attempt at getting a story published in Sucker (and my first success).  Hannah is an amazing editor and she really is looking for the best of the best!

Find out more about Kristina, here.

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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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