Jacinda Townsend is the author of Saint Monkey (W.W. Norton, 2014). A native of Southcentral Kentucky, she is a graduate of Harvard University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has also published nonfiction and short fiction in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. She teaches at Indiana University and lives in Bloomington with two beautiful children, and is currently working on a novel set in Morocco.
Here’s a link to a story by Jacinda: “April 2007; Essaouira, Morocco.” A flash piece that Jacinda has recently read and admired is “The Sleeping of the Stones or Mae and Her White Teeth” by Cameron Brindise.
And here are her thoughts on what she’s looking for in a successful submission: Seduce me with your beautiful language but seal the deal with your understanding of character. You need not try to impress me with literary allusions; just be who you are, with your own quirky, original voice. Convince me that you are doing a new dance in this vast literary ballroom in which we’re all standing. Offer me an ending that makes me connect with humanity rather than plot.