During the summer residency, I volunteered to assist with my MFA program’s literary magazine, The Stonecoast Review. I’m a fiction/pop fiction reader for the upcoming issue number 4. Issue 3 was just published yesterday, and it’s fantastic – check it out when you get the chance. My job entails reading through the slush pile (i.e. submitted manuscripts) and scoring those stories based on a strict set of criteria established by the editors. Stories that score well enough are sent up the chain where editors will scrutinize the stories further. The lucky few deemed worthy will be published. Manuscripts with low scores will be cheerfully bound to a bottle rocket, launched into the atmosphere, and burnt to a crisp in a beautiful display of colored sparkles to be enjoyed by children of all ages. It’ll be quite the show. You should join us. Of course, I’m just kidding (maybe). It’s the nature of the business. Stories will be rejected, and believe me, I know what that feels like.