Odds & Ends: Presentations and Publications and Contests, Oh My

Posted on 24 April 2014

I’ll be presenting at the Columbus State Community College Writers Conference this Saturday, April 26, along with four other Mid-American Review editors. Our panel is titled, “Opening Lines: Mid-American Review Editors Discuss Strategies for Creating Stronger Beginnings.” We’ll discuss some specific stories and poems and why their openings grabbed us, submission stats, tips for submitting, and suggestions for creating stronger beginnings. So if you’re in the central Ohio area, come and learn more about the Mid-American Review submission process at this event. Did I mention Roxane Gay is the keynote speaker?

Speaking of Mid-American Review, our Fineline contest for prose poems, short-shorts, and everything in between (provided “everything” else is 500 words or fewer) is open through June 1. First prize is $1,000 and publication in MAR Volume XXXV, Number 1. Lindsay Hunter will judge. Entry fee is $10. Read the full guidelines online.

Finally, the photo for today’s post is the May 2014 issue of The Sun magazine. My essay, “In the Twelve Years Since You Died,” which focuses on my mother’s death (or, more accruately, the time in my life following her rather sudden death), appears in this issue. I consider this publication a major milestone in my writing career, and I have to admit I’m pretty proud of it. More on this later. For now, I have a presentation to prepare.

How do you begin?


8 responses to Odds & Ends: Presentations and Publications and Contests, Oh My

  • Teri says:

    I’m sending the Most Hugest Congratulations I can muster!! I can’t wait to read your essay when my issue of The Sun arrives.

  • Downith says:

    Echoing Teri’s hugest congratulations. Well well done Lsura. The title gives me goosebumps.

  • Downith says:

    Laura. But you knew that. Fecking iPad.

  • Dawn. says:

    Congrats on The Sun publication and good luck at the conference! Wish I could be there–stupid work.

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