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They found the dog on the first day of summer while scavenging the junkyard on the edge of town, searching for discarded hardware and electronics—the type of “garbage,” as Eilo’s moms called it, they’d used to rig engines for their scooters, which were just as fast as the ones sold online now that Sevan had sorted the short circuiting problem. Yanking a length of wiring from the back of an old refrigerator, Eilo heard whimpering... Read more
The first time, he thought they’d be like chicken bones—pliable, splintering when he bent them between his fingers—but they weren’t. Bendiness resulted from cooking, he guessed, from heat, and he made a note to find out for sure. This information wasn’t relevant, really—his mother hadn’t been baked, her bones wouldn’t be like a dinner chicken’s... Read more
It was the summer after they rerouted the freeway away from our town, when our dads and some moms left to find jobs as our cupboards ran dry. The summer we were so hungry we committed blasphemy: snuck into the church basement for the plush nativity scene we’d sewn in home ec, excavated bean-filled bodies and ate like gluttons... Read more
Short Story Challenge winning story
a bit about Rae
Rae Stringfield (she/her) grew up in the Tennessee Valley. She is a PhD student in University of New Mexico's Rhetoric & Writing program and holds an MFA in Creative Writing & Environment from Iowa State University, where she served as Fiction Editor for Flyway: Journal of Writing & Environment. She has taught creative writing, rhetoric and writing, multimodal composition, and special topics honors courses.
Rae is a Pushcart-nominated writer, an avid reader, a freelance editorial consultant, and a writing instructor. She is currently at work on her first novel.
for short fiction, novellas, and novels
A content edit is appropriate for a manuscript that already has all the essential components including solid plot, round characters, and an ending. A content edit understands a manuscript’s goals and views the project as a whole to provide both big-picture and focused analysis and suggestions that support the author in realizing the manuscript’s full potential.
Line-editing focuses on style and language and is appropriate for a manuscript in its final stages. Line-editing attends to consistency in tone and point-of-view, trims redundancies, reduces unnecessary passive voice, ensures clarity of meaning, smooths transitions, and pays special attention to dialogue.
Fiction Writing Fundamentals Blog
brush up on fiction writing basics
Fiction Writing Fundamentals will present clear explanations of fiction writing basics. These basics will truly be basics: Rather than providing style or craft advise, this blog will prioritize fundamental elements of fiction writing. Posts coming in 2022!