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Keeping up with the Literary Joneses

When I’m reading short stories for class or recreation I frequently read, enjoy, and quickly move on to the next. However, every once in a while I come across something that forces me to pause after I read the last line, set the book or magazine down in my lap, and exhale out a quiet and appreciative sigh for what I’ve just read. It’s a lovely moment when something someone else has written moves me enough to demand a pause in the rush of life.

Sometimes I feel so torn with all the different things I want to learn, read, and teach myself. There will never be enough time to keep up with all the literary magazines, articles, and the informational Twitter feeds! Regardless, when I do come across something truly brilliant I am reminded that I don’t need to be up to date on every literary website and author. Although it would be nice to know everything, I read and write because it is what I love; and as long as that’s still true then I am doing alright.

Remember that story that I mentioned up there–the one that made me pause and sigh? It is called “Final Dispositions” by Linda McCullough Moore , and it was published last year in The Sun Magazine.  It won a Pushcart Prize in 2011 and if you have a few minutes, don’t let this one pass under your radar. I absolutely adore it. Follow this URL and enjoy!


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Monday Links

I’ve come across a lot of really motivating blog posts lately. Here are a few of my favorites.

8 Rules for Successful Writing– Chuck Barrett

The Anatomy of a Best-Selling Novel–Structure Part One– Kristen Lamb

Pitching Your Potential– Rachel Gardner


Happy Monday everyone!




I just came across this Nonfiction Contest for Graywolf Press and I’m kicking myself for not being prepared. On the other hand, I was ecstatic to discover that this is an annual contest and I already have it on my calendar for next August. What a wonderful opportunity to push myself to write, and re-write, and re-write over the next year. Even if I don’t get the prize (and this is a PRIZE) I’ll at least have 100 or more pages of a manuscript I’m passionate about and I will send it somewhere else–again, and again and again. If anyone has 100 pages of a nonfiction work, hurry and send it in! The submission period ends today.

Speaking of contests, PW.org has become my best friend. If you’re like me and aren’t prepared for the wonderful opportunity above, don’t despair. PW.org has a continuous list of contests and calls for submission from a range of magazines looking for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction works. Good luck!

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