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Editorial Reviews

Day One is a weekly literary journal dedicated to short fiction from debut writers, English translations of stories from around the world, and poetry. Each issue showcases one writer and poet and includes an introduction from the editor, an interview with the authors, and occasional bonus content. Day One features cover art commissioned from emerging artists and illustrators, and readers will learn more about the artist and the genesis of the cover each week.

"An amazing lineup of prose writers and poets." —Maria Popova, founder and editor of brainpicker.org

“Our world is filled with noise: the electronic whistle of a new text message arriving on our phone, the clack and clatter of television news anchors, the insistent mewing of a cute kitten in the latest video to hit your social media stream. Day One cuts through that distracting static to say in a very clear, loud voice: ‘Here is one story and one poem worthy of your attention for 30 minutes.’ You are well advised to pause the cat video, find an oasis of quiet, and settle in with these new and emerging voices in fiction and poetry. What they have to say brings clarity to our cluttered lives.” —David Abrams, author of Fobbit

Day One is for those who wish to read beyond ‘the news of the day’ to something that’s news everyday—that is, some of the best fiction and poetry by writers just setting out on the literary road. Each week, Day One presents a single piece of fiction and a poem, prefaced by a thoughtful and engaging introduction by the editor and followed by an informative commentary by the authors. A great way to spend your day—with the news of good writing.” —Daniel Halpern, author of nine books of poetry, and publisher and president of Ecco

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Day One is looking for:

· Original short fiction from debut and emerging writers (who have never before published a full-length novel or story collection). Up to 20,000 words
· Poetry from emerging poets

We offer competitive payment terms and there is no fee to submit.

To submit, please email the story or poem as a word document, along with a brief description and author bio, to dayone-submissions@amazon.com.



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By Robert Stein on November 1, 2013
Day One is a simple concept: one short story, one poem, and original cover art, delivered weekly to your Kindle. Based only on the debut issue, I'm very impressed. It was a quick read, but enjoyable and thought provoking. The thematic unity among the pieces was strong enough to create a surprising and welcome sense of depth.

The conversation between the author and poet following the pieces was interesting as well. I hope that is intended as a regular feature.

Time will tell whether the quality will hold up, especially with a weekly delivery schedule, but I'm a fan for now. I'm definitely looking forward to Issue 2.

UPDATE 11/7/2013: I just read the second issue. Again, the quality is impressive, as is the unity among the story and poem and cover. And again, the conversation between the author and poet is a welcome inclusion. This is a well produced journal, and an amazing value. Highly recommended.
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Kudos to Amazon for giving new writers visibility---and for giving us access to their talents! And kudos to Rebecca and Zack, the debut writers, for their contributions to the first issue of Day One. "Sheila" is a pleasure to read---fine writing, excellent characterization, thoughtful theme, unexpected yet beautifully apt ending---a great read for animal lovers, sci-fi lovers and short story lovers alike. And the imagery in Zack's poem is striking and so wonderfully descriptive of Grandpa, reminiscent of the language of tall tales and yarns. I hope to see these two writers on Amazon again.
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I wanted to say this inaugural issue made me want more-- and it did-- but that would leave out how purely wonderful THIS particular little bite of fiction is. Rebecca Adams Wright has crafted a breathtakingly simple story of what attachment and affection means in a way that reads like looking through someone else's photo album-- wistful, a little melancholy, and somehow both everyday and a standout, crucial moment in this man's life. There's a quiet momentum to the story that doesn't let you stop for a second, and the genre element-- a robotic dog-- is the perfect dash of interrelating metaphor. Does that sound too technical? Because the story is so sweet, and so relatable, that I wouldn't want to over-analyze its parts and miss the greater whole-- funnily, that's rather the theme.

Forsyth Harmon's cover image is perfect and pithy, to match the content-- Zack Strait's poem made me gasp. Good art lingers, and these selections will certainly do so, for me.

If this is the taste that governs the rest of Day One's future picks, then I'm in.
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I love writers that are are so descriptive that I can visualize everything, place and person that is being described but doesn't make me want to stop reading for the overuse of words and Michael Conforti hit that perfect balance for me in this short story. I could totally envision the gritty yet plain crappy look of Esme's apartment and the look of Esme herself (someone past their prime but still attempting to hold on to the dream).
I really was looking for more of the story when I flicked the kindle screen to advance the page and came up with the next writer's work. Lol.
Great job, looking forward to more work from this writer...and I'm totally going to look at a baby!!!
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I just finished reading Fault Line by Ryann Eastman. What a great story, and so well written. I am sorry it is a short story, as the characters and the topic scream for more story telling. Please write a full scale novel!
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Here I sit with tears in my eyes, having just finished Sheila. Maybe because I've so recently felt the nearness of old age, maybe because I've had so many dear pets, I am deeply affected by this tale.

The story is so well wrought - all the details that describe a loving family life; the sons, adults now, cold and practical; the clarity of the old man's mind and his respect for the law. All these details draw the reader in, and lead inexorably to the surprising ending.

A wonderful read indeed! I look forward to seeing more stories from Rebecca Wright.
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Clare Beams' story was wonderful, as I knew it would be. I am a big fan! This story was unusual and really interesting. It has sort of an eerie, melancholy feeling but the characters still seem hopeful somehow. The imagery is so powerful and really makes you feel like you are in this strange inn, you can almost smell the salt in the air. Reading this story made me feel like a smarter person. Amazon did a great job choosing this amazing author! I will definitely read anything else from her that I can find.
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I highly recommend Barefoot Dogs story of the past issue of Day One. I liked how the author, Antonio Ruiz-Camacho lead the reader through smooth transitions between past and present, settings and characters that come together to create an interesting and enjoyable fiction story. I felt sometimes as if I was witnessing worrisome situations, signs of our time for some countries. Likewise, I caught myself laughing with vivid episodes of the interactions between characters.
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