“All Them Saints” by Kim Bussing

16 March 2018 on Fiction

As a dressmaker’s daughter, she should have known the risk of a bad seam. Rosemary had grown watching her father in his workshop, his couturier’s fingers finding piousness in velvet,...

The Writer's Hot Seat

The Writer’s Hot Seat: Alice McDermott

09 March 2018 on Blog, Fiction, The Writer's Hot Seat

National Book Award Winning author and UNH alumna Alice McDermott recently visited University of New Hampshire as part of UNH’S Department of English Writers Series. Enshrined in the glow of...


“A Single Red Feather” by Jacqueline Guidry

09 February 2018 on Fiction

Lee pulled up her shade. Workers in bright orange vests scurried around the plane, their movements impressively purposeful, though she had no idea what they were doing. She’d never flown...


What do we look for in fiction submissions?

09 February 2018 on Fiction, Storystorm

Barnstorm’s fiction readers have varied reading tastes and interests, but they share a common passion for stories. Recently, they weighed in on what they look for as they read fiction...


“Tough Jobs” by Eric Rasmussen

08 December 2017 on Fiction

Nothing should have survived the garage collapse. Holy lord, if only you could’ve seen it. The outer wall crashed into the alley and the roof fell straight down. The west...


The Landscape of Memory, or, My Characters Keep Getting Lost in The Desert

01 December 2017 on Blog, Fiction, Storystorm

“[E]very pilgrimage to the desert is a pilgrimage to the self. There is no place to hide and so we are found.” -Terry Tempest Williams, Refuge I close my eyes...


“The Art of Pipes and Faucets” by Abbie Lahmers

03 November 2017 on Fiction

Drew slipped out of the hospital last week and has been loafing around the neighborhood ever since. I spot him on my way to Pilates. If I’m late again, Diane...


“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...


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...


“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....


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,...


“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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