Big Poetry Giveaway! 2014 Winners; Flash Nonfiction

May 1, 2014 — Leave a comment

Big Poetry Giveaway! Winners

Two winning names were drawn for the April Big Poetry Giveaway and the winners notified (thanks Andrew and Karen)! It was a fun process, and I’m sure I will participate again next year. Several participating Giveaway poets gave away more than two books, and I like that idea. I already have titles in mind for next year’s Poetry Giveaway, so hope to see many of you again! A big thanks to everyone who stopped by and left nice notes about either the books or my blog.

I visited almost all of the participating blogs and found some great reading ideas for summer. My summer reading list is ambitious (poetry, nonfiction, and a course in Shakespeare’s plays) and  I also have plans to investigate hybrid forms of writing, starting with this book:


rose metal


Flash Nonfiction

Flash Nonfiction is written by Dinty W. Moore, one of the editors at Brevity magazine. I’ve read one of the 26 essays in the book so far, by poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and it was excellent. Each essay describes a different point of entry for flash nonfiction and provides an example piece of writing.

From Amazon:

Unmatched in its focus on a concise and popular emerging genre, The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction features 26 eminent writers, editors, and teachers offering expert analysis, focused exercises, and helpful examples of what make the brief essay form such a perfect medium for experimentation, insight, and illumination. With a comprehensive introduction to the genre and book by editor Dinty W. Moore, this guide is perfect for both the classroom and the individual writer’s desk an essential handbook for anyone interested in the scintillating and succinct flash nonfiction form.

Hybrid forms of writing have greatly increased in popularity in the last few years. I found this out the hard way at the AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) 2013 conference in Boston. I attended a panel hosted by Brevity on short nonfiction, and it was standing room only. The leap from poetry to prose poems to flash fiction or flash nonfiction isn’t far. While this book may or may not help you if you are specifically interested in publishing in Brevity (it might be easier to read Brevity first to get an idea of what is being published), it is worth reading if you are looking for a touchstone or jumping off place to explore short forms of writing.

As a side note, Brevity has a nonfiction blog that you can follow. It covers contest information, calls for submissions, news on literary nonfiction, and Brevity magazine news.

Brevity Magazine is here.

I have not yet submitted to Brevity, so I can’t comment on that process, but I did find the AWP session helpful, and the editors seemed genuinely interested in making sure that the experience of submitting to the magazine was a good one.



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