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Out of over 825 entries, this ‘ultra-short’ (under 150 words) was selected as an honoree in the 9th Annual Ultra-Short Competition sponsored by The Binnacle, which has published literature and art for over fifty years. “Here Lie the Chicken Bones” is out now with the other fifty-two honorees and, of course, the four winners.

Congrats to the winners!

Eric Svehaug – Married Love, Year Thirty (Poetry)

Cynthia Tracy Larsen – The Loyalty of Legs (General Fiction)

Lisa Ricard Claro – A Twisty Thing (Humor)

Jordan Gilletti – Roots (UMM Student Winner)

 

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So, you say, you want to write short stories? Novels?

The first mystery, where novels [and short stories] are concerned, is how anyone manages, ever, to write a book that’s any good at all.

Sure, go ahead, simulate life, using only ink and paper. Take the words offered by the dictionary, the same words that are available to everybody who can read, and arrange them so strategically that they simultaneously illuminate and deepen the mystery of human existence.

Do so in a way that’s cogent and compelling, that grabs readers with the opening line and doesn’t let them go until the final one. Don’t make it too neat and tidy—that will come off as trivial. But don’t make it too messy and sprawling, either—that won’t feel like much of anything at all…

~ Michael Cunningham on The Pilgrim Hawk by Glenway Wescott, a Recommended Reading from Electric Literature

Still want to write after that?

If your answer is ‘YES!’: you’re crazy, but I understand. You must read-read-read and write-write-write though. So, start now:  subscribe to Electric Literature’s Recommended Readings, read Wescott’s The Pilgrim Hawk, or check out these suggested shorts (bottom of the page). You’ll be glad you did.

Oh, yeah, and then write. You have to because–remember?–you’re crazy. But, people like me understand.

~ N

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Out of over 825 entries, this ‘ultra-short’ (under 150 words) story was selected as an honoree in the 9th Annual Ultra-Short Competition sponsored by The Binnacle. “Here Lie the Chicken Bones” will be published in late 2012 / early 2013 with the other fifty-two honorees and, of course, the four winners.

The Binnacle has published literature and art for over fifty years. They put out three publications annually: the Spring, Fall, and Ultra-Short Competition editions.

So, check one out.

Or, submit something. It’s always ‘no’ unless you try.

And, congrats to the winners!

Eric Svehaug – Married Love, Year Thirty (Poetry)

Cynthia Tracy Larsen – The Loyalty of Legs (General Fiction)

Lisa Ricard Claro – A Twisty Thing (Humor)

Jordan Gilletti – Roots (UMM Student Winner)

 

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Catching Maggie
 
“a beautifully sensitive story”
and
“very strong finalist” for the 11th annual Glass Woman Prize
 
The Glass Woman Prize is awarded for short fiction or creative non-fiction written by a woman on a subject of significance to women.
 
I will post “Catching Maggie” as soon as the story has a publisher. 
 
Check out my story “Revisions,” which made the Glass Woman Prize shortlist in 2009.
 

 

 

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Whether you want super-shorts or love, horror or personal stories, or a mix of them all, there’s something for you at the Natalie McNabb Amazon Author Page. Check it out, if ya wanna…

Gargoyle 58

Paycock Press

Paperback: $18.95

Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or FewerHint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer

W. W. Norton and Company

Paperback: $11.13

Kindle Edition: $8.99

Love Notes: A Collection of Romantic PoetryLove Notes: A Collection of Romantic Poetry

Vagabondage Press

Paperback: $14.95

Kindle Edition: $3.82

Frightmares: A Fistful of Flash Fiction HorrorFrightmares: A Fistful of Flash Fiction Horror

Dark Moon Books

Paperback: $14.95

Silent Embrace: Perspectives on Birth and AdoptionSilent Embrace: Perspectives on Birth and Adoption

Catalyst Book Press

Paperback: $12.48

Vagabondage Press

Kindle Edition: $2.99

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Borrowed Gas Can, Hwy 99

out in Six Minute Magazine, Winter 2012 edition

 

This one was inspired by a guy and his dog near some Oregon dunes, as was “View from a ’77 Chevy Scottsdale” (in Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or FewerW. W. Norton and Company).

Six Minute Magazine is “a print and electronic magazine…[containing] quality fiction that can be read in under six minutes.”

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 Say it will be so…

Despite slashes to arts funding and a rapidly changing publishing industry, an email this morning relit my hope for fiction writers. According to American Short Fiction:

Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 06:13:19 -0500
To: me
From: them
Subject: Writers are the next rock gods

…Maybe you’re OK with a world where there’s a widening disconnection from art and people feel powerless to stop that. We’re not. We don’t want to talk about whether fiction is dying, we want to show you how deeply it’s thriving…

Sincerely,
The Editors

I believe! And, I want to shout it to the world, as you can see. I promise to work on the outfit before I hit a stage anywhere though. Until then, pay American Short Fiction a visit. They really are pretty awesome.

Three cheers for the future rock gods–writers!
~ N

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