Fiction Writers—Go Make Some Short Things!

24 February 2021 on Blog, Storystorm

When I find the idea of writing long pieces really daunting—and I don’t mean novels, or even novellas; I mean short stories, totaling fifteen pages or so—I like to transition...


Ritualizing Rejections

10 February 2021 on Blog, Storystorm

During the full moon in Leo, on the 28th of January, I wrote down the name of every literary magazine that rejected me on tiny pieces of paper. I then...


Poetry While Driving

03 December 2020 on Storystorm

What are you listening to while you drive? There are long drives ahead of many of us this holiday season as we retreat to our quarantine dens and visit the...

The Writer's Hot Seat

The Writer’s Hot Seat: James Patrick Kelly

18 November 2020 on Blog, The Writer's Hot Seat

James Patrick Kelly has won the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. His newest project is King of the Dogs, Queen of the Cats, a short novel from Subterranean Press. His...


How Writing By Hand Could Change Your Creative Process

05 November 2020 on Blog, Storystorm

I write all my first drafts by hand. Pencil--a sassy little Muji mechanical sweetheart that only takes soft 0.5 lead. And paper--notebooks of all shapes and sizes, lined, unlined, free...


“Pop” Poetry?

22 October 2020 on Blog, Storystorm

An hour spent browsing the display at Barnes & Noble helps me get a pulse on the current literary scene. Unlike used bookstores, my preferred place to shop for books,...


What’s Your Process? Fiction Readers Respond

07 October 2020 on Blog, Storystorm

One of my favorite parts of an MFA program is getting to know other writers on a more nuanced level--beyond interpersonal interactions or their work alone. I get to know...


The Value of Sad Stories

23 September 2020 on Blog, Storystorm

I grew up in a laughing house. Granted, it was sometimes a yelling house, or a screaming house, or a crying house – but the important thing was, my family...


It’s Okay to Not Write a Book During the Pandemic

01 May 2020 on Blog

I’m not sure what I was expecting—maybe with more (read: all) time at home, I would be nothing short of prolific, à la “Room of One’s Own” at last. I...


What We Look For in Poetry Submissions

05 March 2020 on Blog, Storystorm

Here at Barnstorm, our poetry readers and editors have varied tastes and interests, but we all share a love for poetry. Read on below to hear what each of our readers...


What We Look for in Fiction Submissions

27 February 2020 on Blog, Storystorm

I’ll never forget the first time I heard the tale “The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnelle.” I was captivated by the question King Arthur must answer to save...


What We Look For in Nonfiction Submissions – Strong Beginnings

19 February 2020 on Blog, Storystorm

“And suddenly you know: It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” ― Meister Eckhart We know this: essays that move readers and stay with them need...

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