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New Lit on the Block :: draft

draft: the journal of process, is a new educational literary journal which features stories, drafts, and interviews about the writing process, emphasizing the importance and diversity of the creative process, especially for new writers and students in writing classrooms.

The premier issue includes Greg Hrbek’s “Saggitarious,” featured in Best American Short Stories 2009, and Mary Miller’s “Once Upon a Time, Bananas.” Each work is shown in final draft, followed by first draft (and in Hrbek’s case, “cuts” from the draft) and then an interview with the author about their writing and revision process for the featured piece.

draft editors Mark Polanzak and Rachel Yoder are “interested in mechanics, techniques, approaches, triumphs, failures, concussive frustration – everything that goes into crafting a publishable piece of creative writing through revision. We ask authors to reveal their tricks behind the illusions. To tell us how it’s done, or try to.”

It is their hope that draft find its way to as many writers, MFA programs, college and university English departments, writing institutes, writing conferences, retreats, and workshops as possible. “We hope our detailed examination of the important and mysterious work that goes into story making will help to illuminate your own.”

Single copies of the publication are available for $15, though the first ‘sneak peek’ issue is only $10. Annual subscriptions (2 issues) are available for $25, and classroom copies can be purchased in quantities of 10 or more for a 20% discount.

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