Dear Readers, as you know (or are about to know), I’m a working writer and editor with a BIG love for magazines and journals of all kinds, both print and online. Recently, I was combing through Used Gravitrons’ latest issue (they’re a terrific indie weird fiction magazine, if you’ve never checked them out before), and found myself both tickled and intrigued by an email they included in this issue’s introductory Editorial. It’s an email from writer Sean Pravica wherein he makes a case as to why he’d like his short story to still be considered by Used Gravitrons even though it exceeds their stated word limit. As I read through the email, I found myself wishing and hoping that they’d made an exception for him — the story sounded too good to pass up, and his writing style even only in email-form was compelling, tight, and entertaining (everything a great cover letter ought to be). And while Used Gravitrons did not bend their word limit for Pravica, they made certain to assure me and all their other readers that:
And while I am extremely grateful for this and excited to see where Pravica’s story lands, I knew I needed to go digging for other of Pravica’s stories right away. Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed, and I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve found yet another fresh writer’s work to read, enjoy, and learn from.
But Pravica’s work and email exchange with Used Gravitrons inspired me to take things a small step further, and so I’m pleased to say that this post is now the first in a series of posts I plan to write, each of which will spotlight a new “Fresh Writer” — judged by me and discovered by my own meandering-readerly means.
So, dear readers, it’s now time to go check out Sean Pravica for yourselves! Here are just a few pieces of his work (I hope it’s all by the same Sean Pravica :-p) that I’ve found and have particularly enjoyed thus far:
“Rung” by Sean Pravica, First Stop Fiction
“Love at 27A” by Sean Pravica, Bartleby Snopes
“To Have the Ass” by Sean Pravica, Red Fez
My favorite line so far? From “To Have the Ass”, a cowboy speaks:
P.S. A big Thank You to Used Gravitrons for sharing that email!
As of 3/25/15, Pravica has also been published with Remarkable Doorways: “The Jazz Man had a Long Weekend,” and has also landed two new forthcoming publications, one with Menacing Hedge and another with Defenestration. So keep an eye out!