Elise Burke Is This Week’s Guest Editor (Jan. 19-25)

Elise BurkeElise Burke is an MFA candidate at Hollins University’s Jackson Center for Creative Writing. She received her BA from the Kratz Center for Creative Writing at Goucher College in Baltimore. She was awarded two Kratz Center Fellowships in 2011 and 2012 to do research in the Shenandoah Valley and Chincoteague Island for her fiction. Elise was the recipient of the Kratz Center’s 2012 Reese Award, naming her Goucher’s writer of the year and received a 2014 James Purdy Short Fiction Award. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, the Best of the Net anthology and one of her stories was named a 2014 storySouth Million Writers Award notable story. Her fiction has either been accepted by or published in The Indiana Review, Gulf Coast, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Joyland, Heavy Feather Review, Swarm Quarterly and others.

Elise on writers and writing she admires:  “I am constantly returning to the brief but exceptionally whole work of writers like Amy Hempel, Joy Williams and Lydia Davis and these two brilliant, burgeoning writers, publishing some of the sharpest stories out there: Vincent Scarpa’s THE FAITHFUL RUN TO IT in LITTLE (flash) FICTION vol. 1 and Peter Kispert’s THE VANISHING on Tin House’s Flash Series.”

Two examples of stories recently written by Elise are “Who Are You Supposed to Be?” in Swarm and “Chicken Necks” in Joyland.

Elise is looking for the following in her submissions: “I perk up for gritty stories written with purpose—something I can sink my teeth into. My ideal submission has a strong point of view, a dynamic cast of characters and a distinct sense of place. It’s motivated not by a specific theme or agenda, but by our shared humanness. If it can give me hurt and hope in a thousand words or less—that’s the story I want to read.”

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