Little Bird Writing Contest—

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 […]

Lose the first draft. Deep Revision: Part 2.

This is Part Two of a 5-part tutorial called Deep Revision. This series is designed to help you prepare for The Little Bird Writing Contest.   Read Part Three here. I lost a file once – no hard copy printed – of a finished, polished, multi-drafted story. It was my best version of this story, […]

Little Bird the Third!

This is the third year of the Little Bird Writing Contest, and I couldn’t be more proud of it. Why do I love it so much? The prompts (and the deadline) help motivate writers to stay in their chairs, commit to their work, and write. I get to introduce the truest, least pretentious and most […]

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