Editor’s Choice Week: An Interview With Meghan Phillips
The story from this week’s submissions will be selected by a member of our editorial staff. All stories submitted July 30-August 5 will be read by Meghan Phillips.
Meghan is the social media editor at SmokeLong, which means that on top of reading hundreds of submissions a year she also makes sure you know about the work we publish, the great things that happen to our previous contributors, and opportunities like the Kathy Fish Fellowship.
A flash fiction writer, the fiction editor for Third Point Press, and a librarian in the world beyond the Internet, Meghan is a dedicated lit citizen. And–envy alert–she recently appeared on Jeopardy! where she put a word in for flash fiction. We are fortunate to have her on the SmokeLong team.
We asked her a few questions, and here are her responses:
Themes, topics, or styles I’m drawn to: I like stories about how weird it is to be a teenager, especially a teenage girl. Characters with strange obsessions. Stories that take place in a world similar to the one we live in, except everyone only shows their real faces at Halloween or neighbors swap houses every Thursday.
Dealbreakers in flash: Even though I like weird story premises, I don’t like stories that are just weird for the sake of being weird. I need a story to have a strong emotional core; I need a story to have a heart. Also, I’m drawn to simple language and sentence structure, so no need to bust out the thesaurus.
A flash story I LOVE: “It Will Never Be Deep Enough” by Jane Liddle in Wigleaf
A flash I’ve written: “Angel Peaches Baby Honey Sweetie Pie Sugar” in WhiskeyPaper
About the Reader:
Meghan Phillips is the fiction editor for Third Point Press and and an associate editor for SmokeLong Quarterly. You can find her writing at meghan-phillips.com and her tweets @mcarphil. She lives in Lancaster, PA.