Pulitzer-prize-winning author Anthony Doerr selected my story “Hellion,” originally published in The Georgia Review, for Best American Short Stories 2019. My story was featured in Selected Shorts: Best American Short Stories with Anthony Doerr at Symphony Space in New York City on October 2, 2019. Actor Donna Lynne Champlin (of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) read “Hellion,” and a recording of her reading is now available as a podcast on NPR.
“Guest host Tayari Jones presents stories about rites of passage between childhood and adulthood. In Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector’s lyrical ‘The First Kiss,’ a young boy has his first brush with the sensual. Pepe Nufrio is the reader. A fiery country girl shows a cool city boy the ropes—and a gator—in ‘Hellion,’ written by Julia Elliott, and read by Donna Lynne Champlin.”
Recently received my contributor’s copy of “Grendel’s Kin,” the amazing monster issue from Conjunctions. Happy to see my story “The Gricklemare” along with work by Sofia Samatar, Brian Evenson, Liz Hand, Lucas Southworth, Joyce Carol Oates, Karen Heuler, Terese Svoboda, and others.
Choose two very different and seemingly incompatible genres and think about how you might combine them to create an interesting piece of fiction.
Sketch out a plan for a longer story or experiment with a single scene for a story.
Some genres: fantasy, folk tale, sci-fi, dystopian, horror, slipstream, magic realism, fairy tale, mystery, detective, noir, Southern Gothic, Appalachian noir, bodice ripper, gorno, tall tale, picaresque, yarn, mockumentary, conspiracy, parody, LGBTQ, pastiche, dark comedy, slasher, chick-lit, new weird, apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic, saga, historical, pandemic, alternate history, period piece, ghost story, bildungsroman, feminist sci-fi, action, planetary romance, space western, fan fiction, cyberpunk, post-cyberpunk, nanopunk, steampunk, biopunk, superhero, new age, forensic, psychological thriller, docudrama, medical drama, slapstick, Christian, instructional, self-help, dinosaur erotica, cli-fi, postmodern, memoir, disaster, family saga, high fantasy, epistolary novel, fake blog, fictional autobiography, Afrofuturism, fictional biography, space opera, reality, supernatural, speculative, roman a clef, young adult, zombie, wuxia, vampire, allegory, epic, comedy of manners, melodrama, travelogue, creepy kids, splatter, etc. etc. . . .”
“Welcome to the first edition of Ask Adam Anything, a new column where I — Adam Morgan, founder of the Chicago Review of Books and Southern Review of Books, freelance culture critic by night and corporate content strategist by day — answer any questions you might have about books (including reading recommendations) as well as writing and editing careers (whether you’re pursuing freelance opportunities or full-time roles).” In his first edition, Adam recommends Southern horror and sci-fi.
I’m thrilled that Pulitzer-prize-winning author Anthony Doerr has selected my story “Hellion,” originally published in The Georgia Review, to appear in Best American Short Stories 2019. My story will also be featured in Selected Shorts: Best American Short Stories with Anthony Doerr at Symphony Space in New York City this Wednesday, October 2. Actor Donna Lynne Champlin (of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) will read “Hellion,” and a recording of the show will be aired by radio stations around the country.
I’m stoked, gobsmacked, tickled to death that Book Riot put The Wilds on this list: “100 Must-read Contemporary Short Story Collections.”
After watching Jeff VanderMeer’s weird and mesmerizing novel Annihilation become a New York Times bestseller, inspire an Alex Garland film, and shoot up to #7 on the trade paperback bestseller list today, I’m excited that Bustle put my story collection The Wilds on its list “21 Sci-Fi Books You Need to Read if You Loved ‘Annihilation’.”