Paul Negri’s Gold Medal

Our contributor Paul Negri won the Gold Medal prize in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Writing Competition. This is the second time in a row he won a Gold Medal: last year for a novella and this year for a short story. The judge who gave him the award this year is Adam Johnson,who won the Pulitzer prize for his novel “The Orphan Master’s Son,” and the National Book Award for his story collection, “Fortune Smiles.”   Link to Paul’s story.

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North American Review: HEARST POETRY PRIZE

This prize is administered by North American Review. Contest Information: All winners and finalists will be published in the Spring 2017 issue. First Prize: $1000 Second Prize: $100 Third Prize: $50 2017 Hearst Judge: Major Jackson Deadline: October 31st, 2016 Entry fee: $20.00 All entry fees include a one-year subscription. This year, all submissions to the James Hearst Poetry Prize will be handled through our online submission system. If you are unable to upload your submission, please call us at 319-273-3026 for other entry options. Rules: You may enter up to…

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One way to enhance your story

Think of your readers as your partners. Assume they are intelligent. Assume they are kind: they chose to read you over millions of other writers.  Assume they are willing and able to work with you.  Assume you are giving them something they haven’t read before, and help them to enjoy the process. Assume your story is an enticing puzzle. Don’t make it too transparent but make it logical. Leave hints for your readers. Let them unravel it. Let them say, wow at the end. Let them think: it was time…

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