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Hybrid writing encompases any literature that breaks down barriers. It can hop from one genre to another and fuse disparate forms, such as prose and poetry. Hybrids can blend fiction and nonfiction, experiment with novel approaches to plot and dialogue, employ lists, letters, or art to tell a story. If it defies categorization, it’s a hybrid.
Hybrid writing has been around for a long time. William Blake’s 18th century work, Marriage of Heaven and Hell, combined poetry, art, and prose. Some of our finest speculative fiction is hybrid. Is George Orwell’s novel, 1984, literary fiction, science fiction, or political satire? Magical realism, as exemplified in novels such as Anthony’s Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See, or works by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, is, by definition, a hybrid.
If you are a writer who does not like to be hampered by the constraints of genre or style, here are more than a dozen literary magazines that are happy to pay for your untrammeled artistic expression.