Submission Tips

Maybe one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to submit your work for fellowships and residencies, to contests, or for publication. Maybe you’ve got a project ready to go. If so, yay! Good on you. Before you hit send, let’s review some best practices to help you vault over that slush pile.

I’m going to skip the fundamentals, so if you need a refresher, read thisthis, and this.

I asked some writers who’ve worked the other side of Mount Slushie: What snapped your glazed eyes to attention?

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Love and Other Things

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season, perhaps sharing good times with your family (real or cobbled together). From all those smiles I see on holiday cards and social media, it looks like you did.

But…those public photos seldom tell the full story.

My family is perfect, of course—proof found in that photo of my daughter Sahara—but I recently peered into the messiness of family life.  Continue reading “Love and Other Things”

The Food Angle

Sometime this holiday season, I’m going to make my grandmother’s broccoli-cheese casserole. It’s gooey, it’s crunchy, and every time I smell it, it heightens how much I miss her.

That’s the thing about this Season of Eating — so much food, and almost all of it is laden with not just calories but memories, hopes, connections. It might be a challenge for our pants, but it’s a feast for our writing.
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