Something we take pride in, at The Summerset Review, is our effort to bring out new voices, selecting material for publication in an unbiased manner. We continually encourage unheard writers to submit to us. This includes students and those who, thus far, have kept their manuscripts in a hidden drawer of their bureau. If you believe in your work and are passionate about the craft, we want to hear from you.

Our thanks goes out, once again, to Jason Sanford and all those involved in the decision process of storySouth's annual Million Writers Award. We're very appreciative of having four stories which originally appeared in our journal selected as Notable Online Stories of 2004: Julie Ann Castro's "Morning on Carrer Quintana," William Starr Moake's "At Home in the Antipodes," Michael F. Smith's "Anywhere," and Mark Vender's "El Paraiso." Congratulations to these writers.

It's possible our Lit Pick of the Quarter will be interpreted as a plug for a memoir, although we'll admit with regret that we haven't read the entire book yet. "Vectors: Arrows of Discontent," by Amy Benson, is a wonderful piece in Issue 29.2 of New Orleans Review and is part of her first book, The Sparkling-Eyed Boy: A Memoir of Love, Grown Up, published in 2004 by Houghton Mifflin. It won Bread Loaf's 2003 Bakeless Prize in Creative Nonfiction. Speaking for the short piece we read and adored all on its own, here is an excerpt:

"Summers are people who spend summers in the same place away from home every year. Summers are a special flavor—like cotton candy back when you could only get it at fairs or the circus. You know the fair will happen every year, and every year the taste is at once familiar and brand new. Away from home, summers have an opportunity to be lighter than air, to shrink away when you try to touch them. We squandered our spun sugar."

There's a great lineup of stories for you in this Spring 2005 issue, and we hope you'll give them a try.

We start off with an American woman in Northern Moravia and Kazakhstan. Erin Anderson's essay, "Cross-Cultural Cohabitation," visits the differences in cultures experienced at first through thrift, and then through Peace Corps assignment. For those of us with digital television in our bedrooms and databases of dinner recipes in our kitchens, you'll learn of another world out there sharing the same planet.

The writer in each of us might appreciate "Eddie," by Shellie Zacharia, a short short that eloquently explores the writing process, bringing out that special relationship between a writer and her characters, so special that by the end we find her calling to them for strength.

You might find a Holden Caulfield—type feel to Mark X. Cronin's "My Father of Geometry," a short story where a young man struggles for meaning and independence through the admissions and over-protectiveness of his parents. His father's past unravels as the boy reads poetry from a storage room, a rearrangement of the past changing the present before his eyes.

We're off to Germany in Elise Davis' short story, "Typical American," where we see some business, local life, flirting, and self-doubt. "Having an affair would be very cosmopolitan. Everybody had affairs. Only Americans got worked up about it," says Helena—the protagonist, who affectionately takes on a different name in the end: Sauerkraut.

Last but not least is a short short by Carl R. Brush with some crafty styling. His story, "Following Barry Bonds," puts us on the road headed to Arizona for baseball's spring training, but every trip may have its detours, and every fan's quest to track a new home run record-in-the-making may have its distractions.

Once again we'll be participating in the CLMP Book Fair in Soho in June. Stop by and receive your free Summerset Review bookmark. Visit the CLMP web site for date, time, and place. As we said last year, anyone in the New York area with a love of all things literary should make an effort to attend; many quality literary magazines and staff members are on hand, and most issues are available for purchase at ridiculously-reduced rates. Bring a large backpack!

The Summerset Review
Joseph Levens – Editor
Amy Leigh Owen – Assistant Editor
S. Malkah Cohen – Assistant Editor
A literary journal released quarterly on the 15th of March, June, September, and December. Founded in 2002, the journal is a not-for-profit Internet magazine devoted to the review and publication of unsolicited short stories and essays. Member of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP). All correspondence and submissions should be emailed to Postal mailing address: 25 Summerset Drive, Smithtown, New York 11787, USA.

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