MemberJuly 12, 2020 at 5:57 am
The question is not my own-I was trying to look up the Ami contest and found some questions asked about last years contest. This was one question that I really would be interested in an answer to, so I brought it here. The response given by Ruchama Feurman is below.
“If the story I submitted really happened, can it still be called fiction?
I won’t tell, if you won’t tell. Meaning, it doesn’t matter if a sliver, or the core, or even the entire story happens to true. The main thing is that it reads like fiction. Oftentimes, a story may not be written so well, but the writer’s sincerity and the fact that it actually happened carries the story and renders it publishable. Here, the truth behind the story won’t give it any boost. (This is a long-winded way of saying, it’s harder to write quality fiction than memoir.)”