Editor’s Choice Week: An Interview With Sherrie Flick

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The story from this week’s submissions will be selected by a member of our editorial staff. All stories submitted April 17 -23 will be read by Sherrie Flick.

Sherrie Flick’s collection of short (short) fiction, Whiskey, Etc. was named one of Entropy’s Best Fiction Books of 2016. Flick is one of the most engaged literary citizens out there, and we are thrilled and fortunate to call her one of our own. You can catch up with her this summer in Washington D.C. at The Inner Loop series reading on August 15. And she’ll be teaching a week-long writing workshop on Food and Memory August 21-25, week 9 at the Chautauqua: Institution, Chautauqua, NY.

We asked Sherrie what she’ll be looking for this week, and here is her reply:

Themes, topics, or styles I’m drawn to:

I’m always attracted to a fresh, strong voice. I prefer realism or magic realism. Really expert compression of scene makes my heart putter.

Dealbreakers in flash:

Gimmicks, jokes, punchlines, racism, sexism, violence for violence’s sake.

A flash story I LOVE:

The Once Mighty Fergusons by Kathy Fish in New World Writing.

A flash I’ve written:

Chest Out in New World Writing.

About the Reader:

Sherrie Flick is the author of the flash fiction chapbook I Call This Flirting, the novel Reconsidering Happiness, and the short story collection Whiskey, Etc. Her flash fiction has appeared in many anthologies and journals, including Flash Fiction Forward, New Sudden Fiction, Ploughshares, New World Writing, and Booth. She serves as co-director for the Chautauqua Writers' Festival and teaches in Chatham University's MFA and Food Studies programs. Autumn House press will publish her next collection in Fall 2018.