This anthology features the work of 33 talented new writers, representing almost all parts of the globe. Their pieces have been selected from the intercultural, literary showcase The Writer’s Drawer (thewritersdrawer.net), run by academic editor and writer Beryl Belsky. The stories and poems in the anthology reflect not only literary merit but also the multicultural nature of the website and its contributors. The book is divided into three parts: Short Fiction, Stories from Life and Poetry. The Stories from Life, in particular, provide a fascinating look at the cultural mores and religious rituals of the countries of the writers.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Write to your heart’s content, but use a professional editor if you want to publish.
Beryl Belsky is an academic editor and writer, and owner and operator of the intercultural, literary website The Writer’s Drawer (www.thewritersdrawer.net). She launched the website in early 2012 as a showcase for “shy,” or drawer, writers to post their work. Since Beryl also offers free editing support for submissions, the site attracts writers from all over the world, many of them non-native English speakers.
After launching The Writer’s Drawer website in early 2012 and gradually building up a pool of writers, I realized that some of the stories and poems were good enough to be published. I therefore set a deadline for submissions and then began compiling and editing the anthology. Since the website is eclectic and includes, among others, pages for poetry, short stories, essays, memoirs, travelogs, and books reviews, I decided that the anthology would reflect this mix. Moreover, since the writers come from almost all corners of the globe, it would also reflect this multiculturalism.