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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 […]

Be your own patron of the arts.

  “The tricky thing about being a writer, or about being any kind of artist, is that in addition to making art you also have to make a living.” – Ann Patchett If you’re a fiction writer and you’re reading this, you probably have a day job. Maybe you have another skill that makes you […]

Your laptop in the shade: summer reading + browsing.

I sincerely hope you’re having a gorgeous summer. This month, my “one short story for breakfast” ritual has turned into a two- or three-hour timeout – I’m reading for pure pleasure, escapism and inspiration. What I’ve loved so far: Bobcat by Rebecca Lee. Full disclosure: so at the time of writing this, I’ve only read […]

Margaret Atwood in my living room.

Remember my trip to San Miguel de Allende last year? Well, something else happened that week that I couldn’t tell you until now, because I couldn’t believe it was really happening and, well, I didn’t want to jinx it. Last year, Margaret Atwood and I started to collaborate on something for Story Is a State […]

Dispatch from Portland, Oregon.

I’m writing this from the summer height of the west coast, listening to ravens crank out gravelly calls over the trees and inhaling the candy scent of sun-roasted pine needles. I came to Portland, Oregon to meet Hannah at the World Domination Summit. If you haven’t heard about it already, WDS is like a small […]

The new a tour!

This April, Margaret Atwood was awarded the Innovator’s Award at the 2013 Los Angeles Festival of Books. The award celebrated, in part, the way she has embraced technology. I spoke to her the day she got back from LA. “I’m not embracing technology,” she told me. “I’m exploring it.” I love that. And I feel […]

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 […]

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