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Also in the news: a “regrettable incident” involving the National Book Awards.
There are so many worthwhile items within another blogger’s roundup post that I’m just going to send you right over to The Quivering Pen to read them. See especially Leslie Pietrzyk on rejection and Josh Rolnick on “My Life in Stories.”
Tania Hershman shares thoughts on short fiction, and what makes flash fiction distinctive, including this nugget: “I do think that flash fiction lends itself to more surreal and experimental writing, that a reader will willingly suspend more disbelief if they see that the story is a page long – and that is a part of flash fiction, being able to see the end as you begin reading, that I believe affects the reading experience.”
And finally, I’m grateful to the wonderful YourDailyPoem.com for giving new life to my poem “Meteorology.”
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