“Nothing touches a work of art so little as words of criticism: they always result in more or less fortunate misunderstandings. Most experiences happen in a space that no word has ever entered, and more unsayable than all other things are works of art.”
—Rainer Maria Rilke


Gail Godwin’s memoir “The Desperate Place” and Daniel Mason’s story “The Toll," both from Narrative, are featured as selections in the Puschcart Prize series, 2023.
Claire Keegan’s novella, Foster, is a tender story that you’ll want to read and re-read and give to all your family and friends. And there's a wonderful film version, The Quiet Girl.
Many of the stories in Morgan Talty’s celebrated, award-winning debut collection first appeared in Narrative and portray lives from the Penobscott Indian nation.


IN THE PAST HALF CENTURY, electronic media and a trend away from speech and recitation in the teaching of literature have resulted in student writers and readers who are too little aware of the sound of good writing. Years ago, much of culture was connected to the spoken word—by recitation at school, programs at oratorical societies, amateur theatricals, and reading aloud at home—but today all that has largely been lost. The writer’s task involves restoring the physicality of words to give them life.