January’s Issue is here!

This month’s issue starts the New Year off right with a great interview and essay from one of my favorite southern authors, George Singleton.

George Singleton is the author of nine short story collections, These People Are Us: Stories, The Half-Mammals of Dixie, Why Dogs Chase Cars: Tales of a Beleaguered Boyhood, Drowning in Gruel, Stray Decorum, Between Wrecks, Calloustown, Staff Picks, and You Want More. Two novels, Novel and Work Shirts For Madmen. And one non-fiction that, per George, is a weird book on writing advice he wrote on a dare titled Pep Talks, Warnings, And Screeds: Indispensable Wisdom And Cautionary Advice For Writers. Over two hundred of his stories have appeared in journals such as the Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Playboy, Georgia Review, The Southern Review, Cincinnati Review, Tin House, Garden & Gun, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a Guggenheim fellowship. In 2013, Singleton accepted the John C. Cobb Endowed Chair in the Humanities at Wofford College where he currently teaches fiction writing and editing. Singleton was inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers in April 2015 and awarded the John William Corrington Award for Literary Excellence in 2016.

Subscribe to WELL READ’s new YouTube Channel to watch the full interview and conversation with George, hear him read from some of his work, and more fun surprises. If you prefer to listen instead, check out the new podcast!

I’m very excited and unbelievably proud to share the submissions selected for this month’s WELL DONE! Prose, Poetry, and Visual Art. Congratulations go out to T. K. Thorne, Claire Fullerton, Mike Hilbig, Brenda Sutton Rose, Penny Koepsel, Claire Matturro, J. B. Hogan, and Tommy Darin Liskey.

You’ll also find Annie’s Antics with Annie McDonnell and Deborah Goodrich Royce, an interview with Dustin Brookshire & Julie E. Bloemeke – the editors of Let Me Say This: A Dolly Parton Poetry Anthology, a SCAVENGER HUNT for a chance to win a signed hardback copy of Julia Brewer Daily’s newest novel (featured on the front cover) The Fifth Daughter of Thorn Ranch! There are tips on Social Media Etiquette, a visit to The Holley House in Brewton Alabama, and your monthly dose of wit and wisdom from River Jordan, and more! ENJOY!

When I couldn’t find a space in my price range to advertise my books, I built one. A fun, affordable, and creative space if I do say so myself. A place where new authors share space beside well-established authors, and self-published books can be found next to bestsellers. A place where books that were published years ago have a place next to brand-new releases.

But it’s so much more than a space to promote our books.

WELL READ Magazine is full of interesting articles and resources for readers and writers alike! My dream, and I’m working hard to make it happen, is to turn WELL READ into a true Literary Journal. A magazine that offers places for new authors to dip their toes in the water and see their work in print right beside established authors. A safe, fun, and supportive place where writers can share their stories and have a seat at the table-and a place where readers go to find their new favorites.

Speaking of readers – THANK YOU! Please share the word (our words) and help this dream come true.

Mandy Haynes

WELL READ Magazine

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