We’re developing something of a reputation around these parts. The word’s out that Freight Stories authors have published over 50 books, including finalists for the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize and bestsellers; their stories have been featured in Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, the annual Pushcart Prize series, Best New American Voices, and other best-of anthologies; and they’ve earned fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and other extraordinarily selective arts funding organizations. And alongside new fiction by these much-loved authors, we’ve brought you the work of first-time and emerging writers, just like we planned. Without these authors, each of whom has given us the gift of their work, there is no Freight Stories.

As you may have noticed, we’re a little tardy on No. 4. This wonderful issue was nearly the straw that broke these camels’ backs; turns out, it’s a chore putting out an issue in December, and we’ll be better prepared next year. This is just one of the things we learned in year one. A few others:

We can grow! We’re happy to introduce our first contributing editor, Barbara Shoup, author of Everything You Want and five other novels, and co-editor of Story Matters and Novel Ideas. As we keep working, we’ll have more editorial news; check in with the Freight Stories blog now and then to stay informed.

Cargo is better served bi-monthly. With the help of our contributing editors,  in year two and beyond we’ll keep bringing this PDF extravaganza to subscribers, with author interviews, engaging essays, and other exclusive content of interest to readers and writers. Subscribing to Cargo is the best way to show your support. And you can download a free sample on our Subscribe page.

Subscribing will get easier next week, when we finalize some boring paperwork and add a PayPal button to our Subscribe page. Subscribers help cover the expenses of Freight Stories production and get us one step closer to paying our authors for their work. Like you, we believe fiction has real value; we hope you’ll help us honor that value by becoming a member, even though you can always read our issues for free.

A number of Freight Stories authors have new books out—or coming soon:

•John McNally, The Ghosts of Chicago (stories)

•Robert Boswell, The Half-Known World (essays on fiction); What Some Men Call Treasure: The Search for Gold at Victorio Peak (narrative nonfiction, co-written with David Schweidel); and The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards (stories)

•Kyle Minor, In the Devil’s Territory (stories)

•Sherrie Flick, Reconsidering Happiness (novel)

•Jim Tomlinson, Nothing Like an Ocean (stories)

If you love Freight Stories, buy and read these books, along with all the titles you see in our contributors’ bios.

Year one has been good. Four issues. Thirty-five stories. Two novel excerpts. Flash fiction. Long stories. Everything in between. “The best new fiction on the web. Or anywhere else, for that matter.” Tell your friends.

Back to Freight Stories No. 4


The Editors

Notes from Year One