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The Writing Life

By Jenn Scheck-Kahn

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Magazine: 
The Hellebore
Editor/Writer Name: 
Denise Nichole Andrews
Title/Position: 
Editor
Interviewer: 
Joseph Dante
Denise Nichole is an award-winning poet and essayist. She is the Editor-in-Chief of The Hellebore, an indie publisher of literature, reviews, and art. She teaches and resides in Sacramento, California and is fond of vintage books and loose-leaf tea. Follow her tweets @TheHellebore and check out her journal at thehellebore.com.

Interview by Joseph Dante

The Hellebore is a very new literary venture. Can you tell us the impetus behind its creation and the origin story?

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Publishing Tip Category: 
Submitting Advice

By Rachel Thompson

If you’re getting many rejections from lit mags, it’s likely you’re missing at least one item on this list of five things editors look for in your writing.

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Magazine: 
Your Impossible Voice
Issue: 
Fall 2018
Reviewer(s): 
Petur HK
Rating: 
2
Categories: 
Conventional (i.e. not experimental)

Most of your meals in life are unremarkable. Assuming you live to be 80 years old, you’ll have had thousands of meals. Maybe even somewhere around 100.000. And the vast majority of those you’ll have forgotten about the next day.

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Magazine: 
Crazyhorse
Editor/Writer Name: 
Anthony Varallo
Title/Position: 
Editor
Interviewer: 
Katherine Hunt
Anthony Varallo’s short story collection, Out Loud, won the 2008 Drue Heinz Literature Prize (University of Pittsburgh Press). His first collection, This Day in History, won the 2005 John Simmons Short Fiction Award (University of Iowa Press). Varallo is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Literature, and his stories have appeared in Gettysburg Review, New England Review, Epoch, Shenandoah, Harvard Review, and elsewhere. He received his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa/Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and his PhD from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Currently he is assistant professor of English at the College of Charleston, where he is the fiction editor for Crazyhorse.

Interview by Katherine Hunt

Crazyhorse's mission statement says that its editors are looking for work from the "entire spectrum of today's fiction, essays, and poetry-from the mainstream to the avant-garde, from the established to the undiscovered writer." What are some more specific qualities of a story that stand out to you? What makes you want to keep reading?

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Issue: 
Fall 2018
Reviewer(s): 
Irene McGarrity
Rating: 
4
Categories: 
Conventional (i.e. not experimental)

Heartfelt. Touching. Sentimental: positive words when used to describe a Hallmark card, a romantic comedy, or even an Oprah book-of-the-month. When describing literature, though, these words are usually pejorative. According to most creative writing classes, and MFA programs, good creative writing is supposed to vigilantly avoid sentimentality.

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Magazine: 
Writing Disorder
Issue: 
Fall 2018
Reviewer(s): 
Louisa Parzyk
Rating: 
2
Categories: 
Conventional (i.e. not experimental)

Writing Disorder is an online literary magazine based in California. Their aim is to publish new and emerging authors each quarter. With poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art, the magazine accepts submissions from a variety of contributors. Some have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, while others have been published in numerous small presses.

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