* Online lit mags are publishing some of the most intriguing writing available today. Every Monday, I post a pointer to a site that offers fiction and/or poetry either as free content or as samples from subscriber issues. Today’s pointer is to anderbo.com
“Anderbo, founded by . . . Rick Rofihe—who claimed he had never personally typed or sent an e-mail in his life—is a New York–based online (go figure) literary journal open to submissions from poets, prose writers, and photographers of all ages. Minimally designed to focus attention on the words . . . Anderbo received the 2005 Million Writers Award for best new online magazine, sponsored by storySouth, an online journal that ‘aims to prove that the Internet is not just a medium of flash and style; that excellent writing can attract attention without programming gimmicks and hard-to-read fonts.’ ” —Poets & Writers magazine, “Literary MagNet” section, July/ August 2007
from Six Questions For… :
SQF: What are the top three things you look for in a story and why?
RR: I want a story to start with either a little bit of action and go quickly to some background, or start with some brief background and then cut to some action. I want to know who the story’s protagonist is, and what his or her “conflict” is, within the first half-page. Then I want the rest of the story to narrowly follow whatever its beginning is.