Guest Fiction Editor: Jessica Soffer

Guest Fiction Editor: Jessica Soffer

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We’re excited to announce that author Jessica Soffer is our Guest Fiction Editor for the upcoming Summer/Fall 2016 issue of TSR: The Southampton Review.

What’s Jessica looking for in a short story? “Is it overly simplistic to say that I’m looking for the right stuff? Good old nothing-like-it, nothing better: strong narrative. Compelling voice, evocative language, strong sense of place and pacing, sure. But whatever it takes to bait and hook a reader with just the right amount of fuss and detail and vision in whatever ratio is necessary and fitting. Maybe that’s not simplistic at all.”

Of her writing, novelist Colum McCann (Let the Great World Spin), says, “A profound and necessary new voice. Soffer’s prose is as controlled as it is fresh, as incisive as it is musical. Soffer has arrived early, with an orchestra of talent at her disposal.”

Jessica Soffer is the author of the novel Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014). Her work has appeared in Granta, The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple, Redbook, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, and on NPR’s Selected Shorts. She teaches fiction and food writing at Connecticut College and Stony Brook University’s MFA program and lives in Amagansett, New York.

You can learn more about Jessica at, and follow her on Twitter (@jessicasoffer).