Hot Link: Teresa Fazio’s Award-Winning Story “Float”

Oh Well (2) by Lydia Komatsu

“Oh Well (2)” courtesy of Lydia Komatsu

Last week, I linked to Teresa Fazio’s op-ed on Marines United and mentioned what a fan of her short stories I am. I was tickled yesterday to see that her story “Float” went live on the Consequence Magazine website. It’s a great magazine with both nicely presented online content and a print issue, all devoted to myriad investigations of war.

Jesse Goolsby selected it as the 2016 fiction contest winner. I strongly recommend you check it out, especially if you’re interested in seeing how women veteran writers are crafting narratives regarding their time in the service:  Float

Hot Link: Luke Mogelson Dispatch from Iraq

Oh Well (2) by Lydia Komatsu

“Oh Well (2)” courtesy of Lydia Komatsu

Once in a while, someone writes a piece of war reportage that will stand the test. The stars have to align perfectly — the right material, a friendly editor willing to deal with obscene word count, a lack of stronger competition within the issue itself — all this and more are the backstory to the most important pieces in the war writing canon. I’m talking about pieces like “M,” John Sack’s 33,000 word shot from Vietnam for Esquire, or John Hersey’s 30,000 word “Hiroshima” for The New Yorker. Even Mark Bowden’s original series of 29 (!) articles for The Philadelphia Inquirer that later became Blackhawk Down 

In the current fight against ISIS, the narrative no longer belongs to the U.S. military. Not in any meaningful way, anyway. That story belongs to the Iraqis who are putting it on the line.  Luke Mogelson bet 20,000 words on it, and I’d argue, hit the jackpot. I haven’t read a piece like this in a really long time. For you writers out there, pay close attention to Mogelson’s narrative stance: how he begins as a journalist, but ends with far more complicity. The strain is palpable in the writing. This is a piece you’re going to want to carve off some time, and some place quiet, to read this one:  The Desperate Battle to Destroy ISIS – The New Yorker.

News: Jesse Goolsby selected for Best Small Fictions

I reviewed Jesse’s debut novel a while back, and one of the things that struck me about the book was his ability to write hard-hitting prose with ruthless efficiency. All killer, no filler.

Jesse is keeping up the tradition, and was recently selected for the Best Small Fictions 2017 anthology. The original story published in Pleiades, but you can view a snippet and and an interview about it here. Congratulations, Jesse!