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daniel-tordayDaniel Torday, Director of Creative Writing at Bryn Mawr College, shares his insight on writing monsters: "A number of years ago I encountered a workshop where, all at once, every one of the very talented writers I was working with seemed to want to write only fantastical short stories about monsters. Story after story came into workshop containing not just monsters, but the most fantastical of monsters: vampires who could fly and suck blood and seduce. Wolfmen who were as hirsute as the hirsutest of all wolves. Dragons that breathed fire and stole princesses and encountered hobbits. It was in a moment of desperation that, together with the most self-searching writers in that group, finding their stories needed something—but what?—we came up with a tool we called "The Monster Scale.'"

Read the rest in Glimmer Train Bulletin #98, a free monthly of craft essays.
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Each Love Is The Selfish Love


Traditionally a body in its longing turns to salt.

We punish the gesture. Which is looking back. Which is the city that is burning.
But with children inside. Which only women do. So really, we punish the dress.
Which absolves the gesture.

The ocean is inside you they say. As if this helps.


I walk around all day like this.


Read the rest on Banango Street.
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Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories for their December Fiction Open competition. This competition is held twice a year. Stories generally range from 2000-6000 words, though up to 20,000 is fine. The next Fiction Open will take place in June. Glimmer Train's monthly submission calendar may be viewed here.

Zeynep-Ozakat-credit-David-SamuelFirst place: Zeynep Ozakat of Istanbul, Turkey, wins $2500 for "Moving from Istanbul." Her story will be published in Issue 96 of Glimmer Train Stories. This will be her first published story. [Photo credit: David Samuel]

Second place: David Szucs of New York, NY, wins $1000 for "Rhubarb and Pussy Willow."

Third place: Jonathan Frith of Cold Spring, NY, wins $600 for "Meese's Father."

A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here.

Deadline TODAY for the Short Story Award for New Writers: February 28. This competition is held quarterly and is open to all writers whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5000. No theme restrictions. Most submissions to this category run 1500-5000 words, but can go up to 12,000. First place prize is $1500. Second/third: $500/$300. Click here for complete guidelines.
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What's not to adore about this image on the cover of Grain? The theme for the issue (42.2) became "Artist as Watcher / Writer as Witness" and was influenced by the featured artist Wilf Perreault. "Two Waiting Ladies" (1982) graces the cover.

angle2This cover image of the online poetry journal Angle mesmerized me. Though it's from the Autumn/Winter 2014, Amy Wiseman's photo, "Sunset Through Hag Stone on Cromer Beach," warmed me through and has me looking forward to summer.

adroitThe online Adroit Journal regularly features cool cover art. The last several issues have a "floaty" theme about them. "Whirl" is an award-winning piece by Jedidiah Gist, a freshman at Clemson University.

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carolyn-kizerPoetry Northwest Winter & Spring 2015 issue is the first since founding editor Carolyn Kizer passed away October 9, 2014. The issue honors Kizer's vision and legacy, as Editor Keven Craft writes in his introduction, in that "the majority of the poets in this issue are women. The majority of men herein write about (or through) a particular she. Or contend with otherness in other forms." The publication is entirely devoted to poetry, "including a substantial section of poetry in translation, reflecting an important part of Kizer's early attempts to internationalize Poetry Northwest."
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american-tankaThe newest issues (January 2015) of Ameican Tanka is themed "an inch of freedom." A sampling of first lines: "from my garden / bindweed creeps" (Robert Amis); "the storm / predicted and mapped" (Jari Thymian); "temple-bell / stirs devout thougts" (Vishnu P. Kapoor); "Uncle A with the rolling / musical chuckle -" (Roger Jones).

American Tanka is an online publication that "seeks to present a small selection of some of the most well-crafted English-language tanka being written today, in a visually calm space that allows the reader's eye to focus on the single poem and linger in the moment it evokes." Having begun as a print journal in 1996, Founder and Editor Laura Maffei produced the publication until 2008. After a two-year hiatus, Maffei brought the journal back online in the original one-poem-per-page format. American Tanka is published once or twice per year.

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adirondack-reviewThe Winter 21014 issue of Adirondack Review features the winner and runner-up of their annual Fulton Prize for Short Fiction. Winner "Study of an Orange" by Theresa Duve Morales receives $400 and publication and "Embryology" by Barrett Bowlin wins $30 and publication. The issue also features some marvelous artwork by Alfredo Palmero, Oscar Varona, Federico Federici, Stephen Nelson, and Sandrine Pagnoux. All worth the click.

Poetry :: Kimberly Reyes

February 25, 2015
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Excerpt from "Undertones" by Kimberly Reyes published in The Acentos Review February 2015:

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kimberly-reyesThe machete sugarcane bled

Red on the island

dark and Jíbaro, Salinas poor,

Red was the language we spoke,

fertile in storied humility.

The good Red on the Mainland,

the mixed and other and ancient and othered,

rich 'got some Indian in me' reigning Red

whose scorn I

I didn't know then.

my mutilated being

my maternal brown stain


"why is your last name Reyes?"

"is your husband Spanish?"


. . .

Read the full poem here.
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Ten Reasons to Write Short Stories Even Though the Pay is Peanuts - although one of the reasons is short stories can make money, there are several other more altruistic reasons as well.

Chrislove examines LGBT character visiblity in comic books and graphic novels - and offers loads of resources.

Just for fun: 6 Classic Novels That Could Use a Sequel - ETonline provides their opinion on what the sequel would include.

"Twitter's not literature, but it can be a novel teaching tool" poses Harriet Line in the Times Higher Education.

From one literary lover to another, homeless man given a Kindle by a kind-hearted stranger.

The Bronte sisters' family dining table has been saved from auction with the help of the Bronte Society and its supporters.

Jacqueline Sahagian offers 10 Better Books by the Authors you Read in School - good for starting a healthy literary argument!

Gender gaps in journalism classes and newsroom concern students.

Let's get together, yeh-yeh-yeh: We need more STEM majors with liberal arts training.
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Editing Clauses in Publishing Contracts: How to Protect Yourself

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