News Flash–Short Week Edition


newsCongratulations to Jennifer C., winner of Michelle Gable’s I’LL SEE YOU IN PARIS!

Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, Lisa Borders’ THE FIFTY-FIRST STATE!

From the 2016 Debs:

Louise Miller was invited to her first library event and reading series this week, and is starting to get very excited about traveling around New England this August.

Jennifer S. Brown just returned from a February vacation in Puerto Rico with her family and friends. A week away from the laptop was lovely, but now she must get back to the writing!

Heather Young just got back from New York, where she met her agent, her editor, and her publicist for the first time. It was a whirlwind of faces and information. The takeaway:  It’s Five Months Until Launch, and Shit is Starting to Get Real.

Abby Fabiaschi was thrilled to learn her second book doesn’t suck (rejection has seriously lowered her standards). She’ll spend a week making a few tweaks and then send it over to St. Martin’s to see if her editor agrees with her agent.

Aya de Leon is recovering from the San Francisco Writers Conference and wrapping up several freelance pieces to clear the way to work on Book #2…

For Writers

Here are some of the best things we saw on the internet this week:

* This is an insanely cool analysis of the uses of various forms of punctuation in famous novels, courtesy of Adam J. Calhoun: Punctuation in Novel

* Commercial versus literary fiction: is it just about the money? James Parker and Rivka Galchen debate the question in The New York Times Book Review: Commercial v. Literary Fiction

* And there was this: “The morning cometh, and also the night, sayeth the watchman on the walls of the city of Babylon.” The brilliant and enigmatic Harper Lee passed this week. Here is The New Yorker’s remembrance: Postscript: Harper Lee

Places to Submit
The Southeast Review‘s 2016 contests are now open. The different categories are short-short stories, narrative nonfiction, and poetry. For me details, visit The deadline is March 15.

Check out the 38th Nimrod Literary Awards: The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction & The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry. The first place winner receives $2,000 and publication, and second place $1,000 and publication. The winners will also be brought to Tulsa for the Awards Ceremony and Writing Conference in October. All finalists will be considered for publication. Deadline is April 30. For more details, visit

Are you an unpublished novelist with a work-in-progress? If so, check out the James Jones Fellowship. “The award is intended to honor the spirit of unblinking honesty, determination, and insight into modern culture exemplified by the late James Jones, author of From Here to Eternity and other prose narratives of distinction. Jones himself was the recipient of aid from many supporters as a young writer and his family, friends, and admirers have established this award of $10,000 to continue the tradition in his name. Two runners up awards of $1000 each may be given by the Jones Literary Society. All selections are at the discretion of the judges.” Deadline March 15. For details visit

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Louise Miller

Louise Miller is the author of THE CITY BAKER'S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING (Pamela Dorman Books/Viking/August 9, 2016), the story of a commitment-phobic pastry chef who discovers the meaning of belonging while competing in the cut-throat world of Vermont county fair baking contests. Find out more at

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