Posts Tagged ‘short story’


The Story, and the Stories Behind the Story

May 8, 2015

Alright, easy enough. In no particular order, except, well, it seems a reasonable enough order:

'My Life Is a Joke', by Sheila Heti (Illustration by Mark Smith for The New Yorker)“My Life Is a Joke”, a short story by Sheila Heti, published in The New Yorker, 11 May 2015.

“Sheila Heti’s Short Story in the New Yorker This Week Only Exists Because of Hugo House”, by Christopher Frizzelle of The Stranger, 6 May 2015.

“Good Writing Matters: A Conversation With Tree Swenson, the Director of Seattle’s Hugo House”, by Russell C. Smith and Michael Foster for Huffington Post, 9 December 2014.

“Seattle Dispatch: The Richard Hugo House”, by Ming Holden for Huffington Post, 9 July 2010

• And after all that I would be remiss if I didn’t point to Hugo House itself.

True, this one’s up in my corner of the world, but remember that good writing is everywhere, and always waiting. And something goes here about a village, or how it could be you, or … or … er … right. Anyway, have fun.



But How Could I Not Mention It?

April 29, 2015

Raymond Carver

So here’s a question: Do I promote a contest with an entry fee?

Or perhaps the entry fee ($15-17) isn’t so substantial for the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest via Carve magazine.

Six-thousand words, maximum, with prizes ranging from $125 to $1,000. Deadline is 15 May.

Right. Have at it. I have no affiliation with this magazine or contest, but won’t mention this sort of thing again if people object. Meanwhile, it’s Raymond Carver. It’s short stories. It’s a contest. It’s a chance.

Go. Do. Write.



I wasn’t on the subscriber list

November 1, 2009

Stephen Elliott, “What I Can Tell You About Book Tours“.

Published online through The Rumpus (dot net), the article “was originally sent out as a Daily Rumpus, a two or three times a week email, the majority of which are not otherwise published.”

I should note that, had I been on the subscriber’s list for the original segments, I might have realized the first time through that Elliot’s tale is actually a true story, and not have to point to Brian Spears‘ post that includes confirmation that one of the characters from the story was actually present in Fort Lauderdale. Good thing I only scheduled this last night, instead of posted it straight away. Wait a minute, why am I telling you this part?

At any rate, yeah, pass this one around if you do events at high schools; you’ll inspire a whole new generation of young writers.



LA5 conferee featured in new anthology

April 10, 2009

SCWC*LA5 conferee Linda Quinn’s short story, “A Not So Clear Case of Murder,” appears in Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery, just out from Arte Público Press. According to the publisher, the book “collects for the first time short fiction by many of the Latino authors who have been pioneers in the mystery genre, using it to showcase their unique cultures, neighborhoods and realities. Contributors include award-winning writers such as Carolina Garcia-Aguilera, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Rolando Hinojosa, Manuel Ramos and Sergio Troncoso, as well as emerging writers who deserve more recognition.”

Linda will be available to sign the book at the Los Angeles Festival of Books on April 25 at 4:00 PM. And be sure to check out her website, The Writing Game: Growing a Writing Career One Day at a Time.