As many of you know, Forest Avenue Press recently held a two-month open submission period asking for quiet novels by Oregon writers. We’re still reading and making decisions, with the ultimate goal of choosing two manuscripts from this impressive group.
Our first acquisition, though, isn’t a novel. It’s a collection of short stories that are linked together. Sort of like Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer winning collection, but with more divorce. Or like Winesburg, Ohio, Sherwood Anderson’s small-town masterpiece, but with more pickles.
This particular manuscript fits the quiet novel concept, although it’s more of a novel in stories, and it was submitted and considered outside our open query period. I wanted to clarify that before making our big announcement, especially since the form is outside of what we were looking for in January and February.
For those of you who submitted quiet novels during that open query period, we haven’t chosen our two manuscripts yet. We’re still reading, requesting pages, thinking about what we’ve read and whether it matches our goals, and fully enjoying the quality of work that has come to our Forest Avenue inbox. I can’t thank all of you enough for sharing your stories with us.
As we’re working through submissions, we’re also preparing this lovely linked story collection for a September launch. We’ll put out an official press release soon.