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Find Your Onion

13 October 2017 on Blog

Sometimes I will sit down with a great story in mind, a prefect conglomerate and arrangement of words to express an idea that’s been nagging at me. Sometimes I have...

The Writer's Hot Seat

The Writer’s Hot Seat: Devin Murphy

06 October 2017 on Blog, The Writer's Hot Seat

Interview by Fiction Editor Kaely Horton Devin Murphy's debut novel, The Boat Runner, is out now with Harper Perennial/Harper Collins. He is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Bradley University. His fiction has...

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From the Editor

29 September 2017 on Blog

Dear readers, Thank you for stopping by, and welcome to another great year at Barnstorm! Our staff is excited to bring you a year of excellent fiction, nonfiction, and poetry...

Fiction

The Importance of Change: What Does Your Character Want?

10 May 2017 on Blog, Fiction

Last year, our fiction team brainstormed what Barnstorm looks for in a short story.  The outline included strong, specific writing and surprising plot points. Our strongest desire, however, was for...

Fiction

What is a Writer?

03 May 2017 on Blog, Fiction

I have a hard time calling myself a writer. With my final semester at UNH moving full steam ahead and the first draft of my thesis turned into my adviser,...

Storystorm

AWP 2017: Embrace Your Caffeine Addiction

21 April 2017 on Storystorm

“If you go to just one amazing panel, the whole thing is worth it,” said one AWP veteran. “Don’t spend money at the book fair until the last day,” said...

Storystorm

AWP 2017: A Different Kind of Sanctuary

19 April 2017 on Storystorm

Networking, market research, readings, free swag, panel discussions, scotch breaks, maybe cats… My mind strayed as I filled up the balloons for the Barnstorm table—likely it was the lack of...

Storystorm

AWP 2017: Finding My Place in the Confusion

17 April 2017 on Storystorm

Walking into the convention center on my first full day at AWP, I immediately felt my body tense. I was there to meet editors, buy books, and attend as many...

ArtStorm

An Interview with Jeremy John Parker: Book Design, Writing, Outlook Springs, and Life after the MFA

31 March 2017 on ArtStorm

Amy and I were thrilled to interview Jeremy John Parker, a UNH alum, fellow writer, and artist of many trades. Jeremy is a writer, book designer, and the Fiction Editor at Outlook Springs. His stories...

Storystorm

Writing Farsickness

24 March 2017 on Nonfiction, Storystorm

“Fernweh is a longing to be away from home, a desire to be in a faraway place,” writes Teju Cole in the essay “Far Away from Here.” As a writer-in-residence...

ArtStorm

What Are We Looking For? What Do We See?

01 March 2017 on ArtStorm

When Kelly and I first talked about the possibility of furthering Barnstorm’s story-telling mission with the addition of potent, colorful, and thematically resonant artwork, we weren’t sure how it would...

Poetry

Can’t Get a Break?

17 February 2017 on Blog, Poetry

When writing a poem, how do you decided where to draw the line? That is, when you crack a sentence in half, what determines where you make the break? After...

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