Once again, I’m turning the reins over to Contributing Editor Pei-Ling Lue, who has championed our latest issue, “Corporate Park” by Grant Munroe all the way from the slush pile to the final product. I hope everyone enjoys this strange and beautiful story. It’s always thrilling to publish an author for the first time, but even more so with a writer like Grant Munroe. We’re looking forward to seeing his career soar.–HT
At One Story, I’m the person who assigns stories from our slush pile, but every once in a while, I’ll come across a cover letter that’s compelling enough that I’ll read the story myself. This was the letter written by Grant Munroe:
The story that I’ve attached, titled, “Corporate Park,” may fit One Story. It’s strange, but humorous and timely.
I’m currently enrolled in NYU’s MFA program for fiction, and live in Brooklyn and southwestern Ontario. I’m the author of an ongoing series of Corporate Folktales–humorous stories on contemporary corporate culture written as oral folk narratives–at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. If published, this will be my first story in print.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
I liked that the letter was short, but conveyed everything I needed to know about his story. Also, we’re always looking for emerging writers, so the fact that this would be his first published story was another plus. When we met last winter to go over his story, I found out that Grant had attended a lecture on cover letters given by our Hannah Tinti and that he kept her advice in mind when he wrote the cover letter.
When I read “Corporate Park,” I found the premise of a mountain lion finding his way into a corporate building hilarious. It was also a perfect response to what’s going on during this current economic crisis. I haven’t worked in a corporate environment in ten years, but the bureaucracy and pettiness of the characters in this story brought me right back to those gray cubicles.
Next week, on May 21st, we will be cheering Grant Munroe, along with 8 other debut authors, at One Story’s Literary Debutante Ball: A Celebration of Emerging Writers. If you’d like to meet Grant in person, you may purchase tickets here. And to read more about “Corporate Park,” check out Grant’s Q&A.