Other literary forms

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Although she had written some short stories while she was working in New York after graduating from college, Alice McDermott did not attempt to publish them. However, when she was a graduate student at the University of New Hampshire, her teacher Mark Smith, who was himself a writer, was so impressed by her stories that he persuaded her to begin submitting them to magazines. The first publication to accept one of McDermott’s stories was Ms. magazine. Before long, her short fiction had also appeared in Redbook, Mademoiselle, and Seventeen.