S167. An Editorial Perspective on Experimental Fiction

Room 214D, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Saturday, March 7, 2020
10:35 am to 11:50 am


“Experimental fiction” encompasses a wide range of formal and narrative strategies, and goes by many names—innovative, risky, strange, different, etc. Editors from Black Warrior Review, Denver Quarterly, Juked, Ninth Letter, and Quarterly West discuss how they define the term, what they look for in submissions, and what common pitfalls writers and submitters make. Why do some journals prefer experimental work and what can these forms achieve that more traditional approaches cannot?

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Outline_AWP_Panel_Exp_Fic_final1.docx



Michelle Donahue is a PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Utah. Her fiction has been published in Sycamore Review, CutBank, Arts & Letters, and elsewhere. She is fiction editor for Quarterly West.

Jodee Stanley is the editor of Ninth Letter, published by the Creative Writing Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has worked in literary publishing for over twenty years, and her fiction, essays, and book reviews have appeared in numerous publications.

Ryan Ridge is the author of five books and four chapbooks. He codirects the creative writing program at Weber State University and edits the literary magazine Juked.

Lily Davenport is a third-year MFA student at the University of Alabama, where she also worked as fiction editor for BWR 46.1 and 46.2.

Megan Giddings


February 7–10, 2024
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