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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
when even our own business is being skewered by J.K. Rowling’s
"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
to our 1999 fiction issue. And eight of those 30 have, in fact,
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
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
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
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:
"no," and that other, awkward one, "maybe." Our two
readers negotiated their difference, before their final choices were
Finally the stories were grouped into clusters, based on their subject
matter. Then came the challenge of sweeping away most of the
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,
and co-workers are invited to sing one another’s praises at two
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.
With the Summer Fiction issue comes the summer publication schedule.
U.S. 1 will not be published next Wednesday, August 2. Weekly
will resume Wednesday, August 9. Happy reading.
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