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"Meg Pokrass writes like a brain looking for a body. Wonderful, dark, unforgiving." — Frederick Barthelme

Symbolic Creature

Write a story that involves a symbolic creature of some kind, one who takes on a very important role in the life of a character. The creature can be alive or dead, but if dead, still figures prominently in the story. Here is my story “Guarding the Heart” originally published by the University of Kentucky.…
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Strange and Important Lists

Write a story in which there are one or more lists as part of the text. Make the list(s) uncomfortably personal. Let the list(s) show us a lot about your main character. For example: what they want vs. what they need. Here is my story “Nights” in Superstition Review. This story was selected by Dan…
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2018

 2 Pushcart Prize Anthology nominations: “Probably, I’ll Marry You” in Illanot Review “Imagining Her Old” in Emry’s Journal (Print) Wigleaf Top 50 List “Alligators At Night”  from Atticus Review made the Wigleaf Top 50, 2018 Best Small Fictions, 2018 (edited by Aimee Bender) “Barista” from Web Del Sol The following stories were published in 2018…
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Deceptively Simple Encounter

Write a story about how a seemingly simple encounter (such as a pizza delivery) can turn into something else, and make a character realize that something is missing in their life. Here is my story “Delivery” from Wigleaf.  

Strange Visit

Write a story about a strange visit or a date. Don’t explain too much. As an example, here is my story, “Fido”: Fido We met at the coffee shop, and now I could say it: “I met a human named Fido, and he was not really that well.” Mostly, he talked about his cacti and…
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