Fifty Years (via Crossing the Border)

Joyce Carol Oates, one of the most prolific writers in the United States started her career with ambition: winning “Mademoiselle” magazine’s College Fiction Competition.

Why don’t more magazines offer these kinds of contests anymore? So few print magazines offer short stories. It isn’t for lack of writers. Where have all the readers gone?

Fifty Years Joyce Carol Oates published her first "professional" work fifty years ago this year. When she was a junior at Syracuse University, JCO entered her short story "In the Old World" in the Mademoiselle College Fiction Competition. The story was selected as co-winner of the competition (two winners each year) and was published in the August 1959 issue. JCO was in good company, as Mademoiselle had also published the early work of Truman Capote, Flanner … Read More

via Crossing the Border


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