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How Not to Lose Short Story Competitions

June 23rd 2014

LYNDA NASH teaches us some useful tips on submitting to short story competitions, advice learnt the hard way: ‘So why did my precious literary effort fail to make an impression? Did it fit the competition criteria? No. Did it open with a bang? Again, no. Did it have a less-than-self-indulgent plot? No, it didn’t…’

What We Talk About When We Talk About Editing

May 26th 2014

When we talk about editing short stories, and we do, a lot, we talk about cutting every word that doesn’t have to be in a story. But I’m not sure it’s always so simple…’ ANGELA READMAN examines the effects of Lish’s edits on Raymond Carver’s short stories.

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