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Today we welcome our new Fiction Editor Precious Williams to Litro Magazine. Some of you may already be familiar with Precious, her first book, a memoir called Precious, was published by Bloomsbury and serialised in the Times. Precious’s story has also been featured on Sky News and BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and in the Guardian and Grazia.
Precious has also written for the Independent on Sunday, and was the former New York Contributing Editor for the Mail On Sunday’s Day and Night Magazine. She has also written for the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, Glamour, Elle, the Financial Times Weekend and the Sunday Times.
Precious explains what submissions she’ll be looking for and the kind of storytelling that moves her.
“Stories and storytellers have been revered as messengers, social commentators and entertainers since humanity began.
From Aesop and his Fables, to the West African griots who’ve been passing on stories via the spoken word since the 14th Century, to Shakespeare, to Agatha Christie, to Notorious BIG – and beyond.
Stories (whether prose, spoken word, songs or films) inspire, inquire, entertain, inform, provoke, seduce, connect.
According to Martin Amis, “fiction is the only way to redeem the formlessness of life.”
At Litro, I’m especially interested in hearing from emerging writers with fresh, unique voices. The focus is on short stories of up to 4000 words.
Toni Morrison once said that if there’s a story you want to read, “but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
So, what are you saying? What would you like to bring to the conversation? What sorts of conversations would you like to spark?
You can tell us by submitting your Short Fiction to Litro here.