Little Bird Writing Contest—

In the Spotlight: Leslie Greentree

I met Leslie Greentree last year, thanks to Alix Ohlin, our 2013 Little Bird Contest judge. Alix chose Leslie’s moving (but funny) story, “The Room of Pickled Things,” as the contest winner. It’s now one year later, and the 2014 Little Bird Contest submissions are already starting to rumble in. I love this time of […]

Chirrup Chirrup!

The Little Bird Contest is officially open! You can send your submissions to Rebecca Lee as of today, and the contest will be open until the end of May. Remember not to put your name on any of your story pages — that would disqualify you. Your name will go on the submission form, and […]

Clear the decks!

If you want to start and finish a writing project —a story for The Little Bird Contest, or another project you’ve been considering — you need to actually make time for it, or it’s not going to happen. I know that sounds obvious. But what does making time really look like? You have to clear […]

The Little Bird Winner!

The winner of the Little Bird Writing Contest is Leslie Greentree, author of “The Room of Pickled Things.” Congratulations, Leslie! The prompt that started her story: Write a scene that involves pickled carrots and supermarket eggs. And three cheers for our runners up: “Cola Bottle Light” by Emily Coon Write a story that is a […]

The Little Bird Deadline is on Sunday!

We’ve received a stack of stories already, and I must say, they have some enchanting titles. (I can only see the titles, because the names are hidden, of course.) I’m so excited to hand these over to Alix next month. There are still two days left before the submission deadline! Are you ready? Submit here, […]

Read it backwards. Deep Revision: Part 5.

This is Part Five of a 5-part tutorial called Deep Revision. This series is designed to help you prepare for The Little Bird Writing Contest.   For Part One, click here. To be a good editor of your own work, you have to learn how to look at your story as though you weren’t the […]

Cut it up. Deep Revision: Part 4.

This is Part Four of a 5-part tutorial called Deep Revision. This series is designed to help you prepare for The Little Bird Writing Contest.   Read Part Five here. One of the hardest things about attempting revision is the feeling of calcification that encloses a piece of writing once it’s been typed. It’s very […]

Read for influence. Deep Revision: Part 3.

This is Part Three of a 5-part tutorial called Deep Revision. This series is designed to help you prepare for The Little Bird Writing Contest.   Read Part Four here. Don’t pirate my editions; do plunder my visions. The name of the game is Give All. You, reader, are welcome to my stories. They were […]

The Little Bird Salon

On March 1st, 2013, I spoke to Giller nominee and Little Bird Writing Contest judge Alix Ohlin about the pleasures and perils of writing life. In just over an hour, we were able to go surprisingly deep. We answered a wide variety of thoughtful (and tricky) questions from our audience, including: How do you get […]

The Little Bird Writing Contest is open!

It’s finally here! Today is the opening day for the Little Bird Writing Contest! I think the grosbeak says it best: I hope you can join me for the live chat with our judge Alix Ohlin TODAY at 2pm EST. RSVP now to get in on the call and receive a recording of our conversation. If […]

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