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Editor Update: James R. Gapinski is a VERA finalist

The Conium Review‘s managing editor James R. Gapinski is a finalist for the Vestal Review Award (also called the VERA). His story, “Tuxedos and Evening Gowns,” was first nominated by Tethered By Letters and published in F(r)iction magazine. Finalists were selected by Vestal Review editors. The winner will be determined by reader votes! You can read the story here. Please vote using “part II” of the poll (“part I” is closed to votes).

Editor Update: Hillary Leftwich explores her writing journey for “Words in Place”

Hillary Leftwich headshot (02)Hillary Leftwich talks about her writing journey over at Gay Degani’s Words in Place blog. In her post, she discusses the impact of early books on her childhood; she talks about motherhood, school, and the joy of her first publication in NANO Fiction; she talks about new goals and uncertainties as an MFA student at Regis University. Read the entire blog post here! And be sure to follow Hillary on Twitter @HillaryLeftwich

Editor Update: Hillary Leftwich’s publication and editorial news

leftwich-hillary-headshot-2Hillary Leftwich (The Conium Review‘s associate editor) is currently serving as nonfiction editor for The Fem Literary Magazine. The Fem‘s founders created the project to promote “writing that could be sexy without being objectifying, heartbreaking without being misogynistic, and that featured women, queer folks, people with disabilities, and people of color as more than symbols” (qtd. from The Fem‘s “About” page). Hillary has acted as the nonfiction editor for a few months now, and she’s enjoying her new gig. She’ll continue to work on both The Conium Review and The Fem, and we’re glad to see her expanding into new editorial areas.

On the writing side of things, Hillary’s “Runt” was a finalist in the Tethered by Letters spring flash fiction contest. Additionally, her story “Bottle Rockets” will be the featured story in Whiskey Paper‘s January, 2016 edition.