Fall 2009 • Vol. XXXI No. 4 Editor's NotesOctober 1, 2009 |

Editor’s Notes: Print vs. Internet: An Ongoing Conversation

I'm about to finish writing a new short story. To whom should I send it? That's become a more interesting question in recent years. Instead of the print journals in which I've published for thirty years or more, perhaps I should try an electronic magazine. Would the Internet, I wonder, provide the same sense of satisfaction, let alone cachet? In other words, am I willing to put my own work where I regularly assign others—in the equivalent of a KROnline rather than a Kenyon Review? Right now I'm in that final stage of polishing, of developing particular moments or scenes, of shifting sentences here and there. For me, this is where writing fiction is the most fun. I am not as impatient as when I was younger. The engagement, the act of writing, has over the years become more important to me. It's finally the only solace for this profession—and more fulfilling than publication itself. Nevertheless, this is also the moment when I begin to ponder where I might submit the story.

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David H. Lynn is the editor emeritus of The Kenyon Review, a professor of English, and special assistant to the president of the college. He was the editor of the Review from 1994 to 2020. As an author, he received a 2016 O. Henry Award for "Divergence." His latest collection, Children of God: New & Selected Stories, was published in 2019 by Braddock Avenue Books.

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I'm about to finish writing a new short story. To whom should I send it? That's become a more interesting question in recent years. Instead of the print journals in […]

Editor’s Notes

By David H. Lynn

I'm about to finish writing a new short story. To whom should I send it? That's become a more interesting question in recent years. Instead of the print journals in […]

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