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To Heck with the Hook

Jennifer Hasheider

by Jennifer A. Hasheider The climax is the part everyone anticipates… I giggled when I first heard this advice in grade school. I had only a vague notion of what a climax was, and it didn’t seem to belong in the friendly monster tale I’d concocted. Much time has passed, and the climax, while still…

The Perils of Familiarity

MarkTeidemann

by Mark W. Tiedemann I’m running a workshop for a local group. This is an endeavor fraught with traps, pitfalls, ravenous worms, and flatulent amoeboids. They come, the stories, from hopeful pens, each offering up work in the hopes that the professional will deem it worthy or tell them how to fix it to make…

Card-Carrying Member of Adverbs Anonymous

by Janet Cannon Hello. My name is Janet L. Cannon and I’m an addict. Yes, I wholeheartedly admit I’m thoroughly and completely addicted to those lovely and lively adverbs. Those beautifully artful words that modify verbs to more carefully describe what’s excitingly happening in my novel. Umm. Yeah. Seriously. Seriously? Yeah. Adverb addiction has been…

Writing Contests for July

Munster Literature Centre A Room of Her Own Foundation Glimmer Train Press Indiana Review Narrative—Spring Poetry Contest Narrative—Spring Story Contest New Guard Sledgehammer Munster Literature Centre Entry fee:  €15 (approximately $20 U.S.) paid via PayPal Prizes: First Prize is €2,000 (Approximately $2,600 U.S.) and publication in Southword, an online literary journal published in Cork, Ireland.…

Tips for Reading

by Jennifer Hasheider You’ve traversed the traditional route to publishing or landed somewhere between there and doing it all yourself – now you’ve got a book in your clammy hands. Hopefully the line-up of publicity events and press releases are plenty because you started blathering to the world about this moment long before today. Once…

Writing Contests for June

Moth International Short Story Prize Bellevue Literary Review Cultural Center of Cape Cod Glimmer Train Press Money for Women New Millennium Writings Red Hen Press Moth International Short Story Prize Entry fee:  €9 (approximately $12 US) Prizes: € 3,000 (approx. $4,082 US) and publication in the “Moth.” A second prize of €1,000 (approx. $1,381 US)…

Music to the Muse

Mark Tiedemann

by Mark W. Tiedemann I recently read Richard Powers’ new novel, Orfeo, and it caused me to think about the life I’ve spent listening to the music I listen to. If you love—and I mean love—music, you should read this novel.  Powers has always mixed music liberally in with his fabulous yarns, but this one…

How Writing is Like a Marathon

Janet Cannon

by Janet L. Cannon Running is easy: throw on a shirt, shorts, and socks; tie on your shoes; and head out the door. Place one foot in front of the other fast enough only one of them is on the ground at a time and generally that means you’re running. Bingo! Writing is easy, too.…