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Monday, January 29, 2007

Esquire Napkin Project

There are now less than three days to go before we close the submission window for More Tonto Short Stories, so if you were intending to send us your short story you should probably pull a finger out. Full submission details are here.

On the subject of short stories, US Esquire is currently showcasing an interesting project on its website. Inspired by the idea of scribbling ideas on napkins, the magazine sent 250 napkins, some say serviettes, to writers. The results are incredibly various in content and quality, but well worth a look. Particularly notable are efforts from Rick Moody and Kent Haruf, a plan for murder from Ben Percy, and a beautifully crafted tiny novel by ND Wilson. You can read them, and plenty more, here.

As a former men's magazine 'staffer' it's good to see that US Esquire (like US GQ) remains one of the best places to find top quality writing, fiction and non-fiction. (UK men's mags, meanwhile, are the best places to find pictures of reality TV stars in their smalls. Ho hum.)

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