November 2012

A Snip Decision by Jim Gray

bag of frozen peas on couch

In her right hand she holds a blue disposable razor. In her left hand, held taut to smooth the surface and expedite shaving, is my scrotum. My testicles are being prepped for a vasectomy.

Distant Relatives by Dawn Zera

pieces of white paper with different family member type names, family in forefront with wife, son, mother, etc. surrounding

A short, bald man winks at me. His buckteeth bite on his lower lip. His eyes bounce up and down off my double Ds. He opens his arms wide and says, as if relieved we’ve finally reconnected, “Roseanne.”

Craft: All’s Well if it Ends Well by Risa Nye

If I had to name the most challenging aspects of writing—no matter if we’re talking about fiction or nonfiction—nailing the ending would come at the top of the list, followed by “getting started” and “doing the middle bit.” Coming up with the right ending can throw a writer into a tizzy.

Insider Tips – Donna Talarico, Founder/Publisher

It’s been a few months since we’ve published an Insider Tips article. This month, our editor interview with Duotrope went live and we thought that sharing the link  here would provide some solid “insider tips” of what we’re looking for in submissions. For those unfamiliar with the website, Duotrope is a huge, up-to-date directory of…

Interview: Marion Roach Smith

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When I was a child, my mother always twisted my long black hair in tight pigtails. But when her back was turned, I tossed off the rubber bands and delighted in feeling my hair going off in all directions, loose and unkempt. That was a metaphor moment for me, and it’s the kind of detail that author Marion Roach Smith promotes in her book The Memoir Project