The sixth annual Innovative Short Fiction Contest opens for submissions in a couple months. We’re pleased to announce this year’s judge is Sarah Gerard, author of Sunshine State (Harper Perennial, 2017), Binary Star (Two Dollar Radio, 2015), and the forthcoming novel True Love (Harper Books, 2020). Sarah’s short stories, essays, interviews, and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, T Magazine, Granta, The Baffler, Vice, and anthologies.
The contest runs from April 1st to July 1st, 2019. The winner receives $500, publication, and a copy of the judge’s latest book. Full details and guidelines are available here.
Hillary Leftwich has a new essay published at The Review Review. Her essay explores the necessity of writing communities. She talks about editing for The Conium Review; she explores lessons learned from workshops with mentors like Kathy Fish; she reflects on the importance of connecting with fellow writers through. She explains that writing should not be a solitary endeavor, and that it takes group guidance and support to hone one’s craft. Check out the entire essay here.
Hillary Leftwich discusses her personal connection to flash fiction in her SmokeLong Quarterly essay, “The Flash That Haunts Us.” Congrats, Hillary!
Conium Press author Matt Tompkins recently wrote a brief essay for Fiction Southeast‘s “Why I Write” column. He discusses an early love of books, and how books were always there for him as a child; Matt notes that “books never mocked, never judged, never shrugged, never slurred, always answered.” He goes on to discuss his later evolution from reader to writer, exploring creative text as “a way to process, reflect, and integrate my own experience.” Read the full essay here.
Matt is the author of Souvenirs and Other Stories and Studies in Hybrid Morphology. He works in a library and lives in upstate New York.
Leesa Cross-Smith (upcoming judge of our Flash Fiction Contest) has a new essay at SmokeLong Quarterly today! Leesa’s essay “Just a Flash. Did You See It?” is part of SmokeLong‘s ongoing “Why Flash Fiction?” series, wherein writers and editors explore their experiences writing and reading flash.
Leesa talks about a favorite flash from author Scott Garson, she recalls the process of writing her piece “Sometimes We Fight in Wars,” and she reflects on her editorial role at Whiskey Paper. Throughout this discourse, she muses about time (or lack thereof) and considers the accelerated narrative pacing of most flash fictions. Check out the full essay, “Just a Flash. Did You See It?” here.