writings having excellence of form or expression and expressing ideas of permanent or universal interest
Collins English Dictionary
written material such as poetry, novels, essays, etc, esp works of imagination characterized by excellence of style and expression and by themes of general or enduring interest
Written works, especially those considered of superior or lasting artistic merit
Noticed that what the three agreed on is ‘excellence (superiority) of form, style, and expression’?
So when an editor says that our work is NOT literature, he/she is just being courteous and is really saying that our work is not excellent (superior) in form, style, and expression.
3 Things You Need to Do Before You Publish
I replied to a LinkedIn Group chat where a member has this question:
‘What confuses me is…how and why they (publisher/editor) have confined Literature into three neat little boxes of poetry…
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