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“The Other Side” by Sara Brody

29 September 2017 on Fiction

When I was a kid, my dad had an affair with his secretary, which might make you think I also had a dog and a picket fence and a mother...

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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...

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“Charlie” by Sarah Leslie

05 May 2017 on Fiction

I remember once hearing my mum liked doing the unexpected. She convinced my dad to name me Charlie, even though I was a girl. She said I’d undoubtedly be unique....

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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,...

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“Golden Boy” by J. T. Townley

24 February 2017 on Fiction

So maybe I’m not old and wise, far from it, leave that to Barb, minus the wisdom, but I’ve seen a lot of wacky shit in my twenty-some-odd years, even...

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“Strange Birds” by Lisa Bubert

09 December 2016 on Fiction

Wyeth Normund, cowboy all of forty years, sandy hair that grayed considerably the winter prior, no stranger to the oddities of life, stood before the sycamore tree at the west...

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“What the Earth Offers” by Kami Westhoff

18 November 2016 on Fiction

For Dad The children sit at the kitchen table. Their eyes, fat with hope, glide from me to their plates to one another like they’re underwater. The youngest, Mary, licks...

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Writing With Conflict: Do All Good Stories Have to be Sad?

21 October 2016 on Blog, Fiction, Storystorm

I was in a literature class and we discussed whether all good stories have to be sad. Why does it seem like all of the classics are depressing (looking at...

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The Writer’s Hot Seat: Benjamin Ludwig

14 October 2016 on Blog, Fiction, The Writer's Hot Seat

Interview by Shannon Slocum and Alix McManus Benjamin Ludwig is a life-long teacher of English and writing in New Hampshire. He and his wife are foster/adoptive parents. His novella, Sourdough, won the...

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“Gloam” by Michael Benedict

26 February 2016 on Fiction

Now a few miles west of Ellensburg, left foot tapping a nervous beat, right foot heavy on the accelerator and burning past pastures, stands of trees, abandoned barns and motor...

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“Brothers” by Eric Severn

18 December 2015 on Fiction

Eighteen-year-old Tyler Welner tells his disabled brother to put his shoes on. “And a jacket,” he adds. “You’ll need a jacket.” Henry dangles his legs from the bed like a...

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“Muscle Memory” by Aimee Davis

01 May 2015 on Fiction

  Austin’s father plants trees by the interstate—thin, willowy trees, saplings still—held up by wooden stakes and tied to the ground with strands of cord. When Austin asks why, his...

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