Welcome to the seventh issue of Mason’s Road. Each issue, we celebrate the art of new writing while highlighting one central element of craft. I hope you will enjoy this issue, which is dedicated to point of view.
In The Art of Fiction, John Gardner writes, “The choice of point of view [in a story] will largely determine all other choices with regard to style.” It doesn’t take much contemplation to see that Gardner had a point. Of course, he had more than one, but this idea—that a narrative hinges on perspective—is why the genre editors and I chose POV for our focus this issue.
First, second, third person. A combination of two, or what about all three? And then, there’s the question of distance: close, or omniscient? The choices abound, and as prose and poetry bleed into one another, forming new hybrid genres, the possibilities can seem endless. But, if Gardner is right about point of view, as he is about so many things, there will be one perspective that works best of all.
In this issue, you will find new works by emerging authors who weren’t afraid to experiment with point of view…and got it right. I hope their words and their risks will entertain, inform, and inspire, as they have done for me.
Your friend in writing,
Editor in Chief
P.S. Don’t miss this issue’s Literary Award winner, “Helpline,” by Jenni Moody! Read the story and what author and contest judge Michael C. White had to say about her story here.