The Paris Review still pulls from slush pile

Last week Stephany noted that Brigid Hughes has been named George Plimpton’s successor at The Paris Review. As Editor, Hughes “promises to continue the magazine’s tradition of finding emerging writers.” She says:

We just published a story by a new author, Yiyun Li, that I consider the perfect Paris Review story…. We had no idea who she was. She came to this country from Beijing in 1996 knowing no English. Her story was pulled from the slush file.

With this statement, Hughes not only reaffirms The Paris Review‘s commitment to unknown talents, but distinguishes herself from Deborah Treisman, another young and prominent female fiction editor.

Treisman, 33, was appointed New Yorker fiction editor last year, and famously said that writers submitting to the New Yorker slush pile weren’t savvy about the business of publishing and thus were unlikely to be good writers.


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