L Mag Fiction Contributors: Where Are They Now?

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09/18/2009 1:52 PM |


We recently got a note to the effect that Brooklyn College’s Helen Phillips, whose story “Wilderness” was published in our first-ever Summer Fiction Issue in 2006, is one of the recipients of this year’s Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards, a prize given annually to a number of emerging women writers, including several quite prominent ones. (Her citation makes mention of a forthcoming-in-2011 book, And Yet They Were Happy, “a book composed of 175 one-page linked stories that hovers somewhere between fable and fiction, poetry and myth, autobiography and fairy tale”.) You can see Ms. Phillips read alongside the rest of this year’s recipients next Friday at NYU’s Lillian Vernon House.

This got us thinking: what are other former L Mag fiction contributors up to? For a partial rundown on the glory awaiting those who brush us on the way up, follow the jump.

Emma Straub, whose story “55th and 3rd, 24th and 3rd, 11th and 8th” we published in our online fiction section this summer, has her first book, a novella called Fly Over State, coming out next month on small press Flatmancrooked. The book’s launch party is next week.

Danielle Evans, whose story “Purple” was published in our 2007 Summer Fiction Issue, had her story “Virgins” published in the Paris Review and republished in The Best American Short Stories 2008 (Guest Editor: Salman Rushdie). Her debut collection is forthcoming.

Patrick Somerville, whose “The Unrealized Subversive Fantasies of a Medium Pizza” ran in 2006’s Summer Fiction Issue, will see his novel The Cradle adapted for the screen by Courtney Hunt, director of last year’s indie hit Frozen River.

And Kaui Hart Hemmings, whose “Repossession Man” you read in this year’s Summer Fiction Issue, is also coming to an indie-theater chain near you: Alexander Payne will travel to her home state of Hawaii to film her novel The Descendants this winter.

That’s probably not it, but we have to stop now because this is making us increasingly depressed.

You too can someday inspire jealousy in frustrated, exhausted L Mag editors: email fiction@thelmagazine.com to inquire about submitting to our very fine online fiction section, of which we’re very proud.