Craig Davidson, a juror for this year’s CBC Short Story Prize, dishes on his preferences. I know a good few of you folk who returned for the new Ninja are short story aficionados, so I’d be interested in your opinions on this.
A story can be raw and it might not be so technically facile. Sometimes it’s like over-polishing a diamond. You can polish away all the rough edges that actually make it beautiful. While I do think editing is important, you can over-edit a story. Then you’re kind of getting away from the beauty, the heart and the power it had.