Corrections or additions?

The Preview section on July 26 consisted of 44 entries to the

Summer Fiction issue plus calendar listings for a two-week period. The

next issue will be August 9.

Between the Lines

In the summer of Harry Potter’s "The Goblet of

Fire,"

when even our own business is being skewered by J.K. Rowling’s

ingenious

"Quick-Quotes Quill" (employed by the lazy reporter at the

Daily Prophet), we regret to report that there is not a wizard to

be found — not even a wizard-in-training — in this, U.S. 1’s

fourth annual Summer Fiction Issue.

Yet we can promise an incredibly wide sweep of interests, from the

pleasures of the D&R canal and the demise of the Mercer Oak to our

harried commuters who find love — and armed lunatics — on

New Jersey Transit.

Eighty-eight area authors submitted at least one story and/or several

poems (or both) to this year’s effort. And we were immediately struck

by the number of repeat writers. We sense that, over years, we’re

reaching a hard core of avocational writers who still manage to hold

down jobs in the Route 1 business corridor.

Of the 88 individuals who submitted work this year, 30 had also

submitted

to our 1999 fiction issue. And eight of those 30 have, in fact,

submitted

and had their work published in all four summer fiction issues.

Remarkably, and truly serendipitously, this year’s 88 authors fell

into 44 accepted and 44 declined. That those 44 published submissions

are the work of 22 women and 22 men was equally astonishing to us.

Once again, for this year’s fiction issue, we can publish only a

fraction

of the worthy submissions we received. And some work you will not

find here is fully equal to the work that you will. This is because,

with a significant number of repeat authors, we have made an extra

effort to open up the pages to first-time contributors.

This year, for the first time, poems outnumbered stories in both the

numbers submitted and selected. You will find just 17 stories here

this year, compared to 21 in 1999. And the 27 poems have been selected

from a cornucopia of almost 100.

Once again let us proclaim that this is not a contest. It may

serve area writers, but we do it for our readers. Every one of this

year’s submissions has been read closely, both by our Preview editor

Nicole Plett, and by contributing writer Pat Summers. Their charge

was to compile a balanced collection of compelling reading on a

suitable

range of subjects and sentiments.

This is how the process worked: Manuscripts reached us in the usual

ways — hard copy, faxed, on disk and via E-mail. We tried to

proofread,

edit, raise questions, and get a sense of what subjects would make

the best mix for our readers.

Every submission was assigned to one of three categories:

"yes,"

"no," and that other, awkward one, "maybe." Our two

readers negotiated their difference, before their final choices were

edited.

Finally the stories were grouped into clusters, based on their subject

matter. Then came the challenge of sweeping away most of the

information

that goes into a normal issue of U.S. 1 and also adding enough pages

to accommodate all this fiction. The result: A 72-page edition of

U.S. 1 — one of few commercial publications that gives any ink

to works of fiction and the first time many contributors have ever

seen their work in print.

So it’s an occasion to celebrate: All our writers, their family,

friends,

and co-workers are invited to sing one another’s praises at two

parties

we host in conjunction with this issue. The first Summer Fiction Issue

party, focusing on the poets, with readings of some of the published

poems, will take place at Barnes & Noble at MarketFair, Route 1 South,

on Thursday, August 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. A second party, focusing

on our short story authors, will be Thursday, August 17, from 5 to

7 p.m. at Micawber Books, 114 Nassau Street in Princeton. The parties

are free, refreshments will be served, and you are invited.

Summer Schedule

With the Summer Fiction issue comes the summer publication schedule.

U.S. 1 will not be published next Wednesday, August 2. Weekly

publication

will resume Wednesday, August 9. Happy reading.

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