Message from the Editor in Chief

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Dear Reader,

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,

Kate Gorton

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.

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4 thoughts on “Message from the Editor in Chief

  1. Diane Bechtler says:

    This is the third time I have written and I’ve heard nothing back is very discouraging. I want to submit to your journal Mason’s Road but I cannot get into my account because of a password blockage. I have sent numerous emails and gotten nothing in return in the way of being able to reset my password. Perhaps things are being sent but I am not receiving them so this needs to be done the old-fashioned way. Manually. If someone will call me we can set up a password and then I can get in my account. Obviously there’s a blockage somewhere

    once again here is my full address if someone would contact me.Diane Hoover Bechtler
    1100-302 Metropolitan Ave
    Charlotte, NC 28204
    704-367-1253
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  2. Diane Bechtler says:

    This is the third time I have written and I’ve heard nothing back is very discouraging. I want to submit to your journal Mason’s Road but I cannot get into my account because of a password blockage. I have sent numerous emails and gotten nothing in return in the way of being able to reset my password. Perhaps things are being sent but I am not receiving them so this needs to be done the old-fashioned way. Manually. If someone will call me we can set up a password and then I can get in my account. Obviously there’s a blockage somewhere

    once again here is my full address if someone would contact me.Diane Hoover Bechtler
    1100-302 Metropolitan Ave
    Charlotte, NC 28204
    704-367-1253
    dianamo@carolina.rr.com

    Like

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