Here is a list of writers and subjects I like and/or find kinship with; hopefully this will help submitters decide if Fried Chicken and Coffee is right for their work.
Paula K. Gover
Donald Ray Pollock
Mary Lee Settle
James Lee Burke
Gwyn Hyman Rubio
Jayne Ann Phillips
Bobbie Ann Mason
Dale Ray Phillips
No word limit/no content guidelines, within the broad categories I’ve established in my first post to this blogazine. Anything more than 8000 words would have to be done in serial form, I would think, and be exceptional too. Send me rural, funky, dirty stories about churchgoing women who never sin. I’d like to read that. What about the story I lived, the one where the kid moves away and goes to college and becomes a writer, and until he’s thirty, his male relatives hitch their drawers and ask him when he’s going to be out of school? Except don’t write about writing. I don’t care much, since I live it. I would love to see more stories about women, though. Get to the grit, get to the love, show me the scars, and take Harry Crews to heart: “Blood, bone, and nerve, that’s fiction. Show me the stuff that cuts to the quick.”
In case you’re coming here cold, I’ve been editing other writers for nearly fifteen years now, and for the last six of these I’ve read hundreds and thousands of stories. Your Bukowski knockoffs are not going to make it, son. Sorry. Nor do nostalgic o-it-was-better-back-then stories stand much of a chance, unless they really, really transcend.
Fried Chicken and Coffee is currently closed for submissions.