Journalist and short story author Wells Tower said of writing fiction:
“I think what people really want is fiction that in some tiny way makes their life more meaningful and makes the world seem like a richer place. The world is awfully short on joy and richness, and I think to some extent it’s the fiction writer’s job to salvage some of that and to give it to us in ways that we can believe in.”
Knee-deep in the drudgery of everyday life, sometimes it’s hard to see the simple joys that come with being alive and human. Fiction has the power to highlight some of the richness of the collective human experience and present it in a way that makes the reader acknowledge that richness, or at least potential of such, in their own life.
We are still looking for pieces of short fiction that give us something to believe in, short fiction that shows us there is some other human out there burning with the same desire to find, or create, some kind of meaning during our short time on this Great Big Spinning Multicolored Rock.
Salvage something in your short story and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In his poem “the burning of the dream,” Charles Bukowski recalls his love of reading and his strong association with the library:
while other young men chased the
I chased the old
I was a bibliophile, albeit a
and the world
At Sobotka, we hope to bring this type of connection towards books out in people. Though, ideally, we hope your readers/writers not be as disenchanted as Bukowski was, if that’s the approach you take, we’re not gonna knock you down for it. Just try to make what you and others read more fulfilling by submitting something that you feel is worth it!
Send it out to us while you still got the time! Submissions close on June 23rd!
Since we are asking people to share a bit of themselves with us through their work, we figured it was only fair to share a bit of ourselves. These are some stories that make us here at Sobotka burn, both as writers and readers.
“Teddy” by JD Salinger
“The Penal Colony” by Franz Kafka
“Man From the South” by Roald Dahl
“Puppy” by George Saunders
“How to Become a Writer Or, Have You Earned This Cliche” by Lorrie Moore
“EPICAC” by Kurt Vonnegut
“Octet” by David Foster Wallace
“Indian Camp” by Ernest Hemingway
“The Overcoat” by Nikolai Gogol
“The Beggar and the Diamond” by Stephen King
Some stories burn bright, but their afterimage fades quickly. These stories have continued to glow in the backs of our heads long after the first read.