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Hot tip for aspiring writers today: Ploughshares Emerging Writers Contest

The prestigious literary magazine Ploughshares with a long distinguished history of discovering and publishing tomorrow’s literary greats, has announced this year’s “Emerging Writers Contest.” Go for it, hatchling writers!  Whether you win or not, you will get experience and exposure, … Continue reading

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Love Fled

The creative person’s life is full of bunny trails, astonishments/surprises (most pulled off by the powerful imagination which hides out, resides in the murk of the unconscious.  It will not be thwarted; it will prevail.). One thing leads to another.  … Continue reading

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Stanley Elkin, my main man

Originally posted on WHAT THE HELL:
Came across a piece on Bookslut about one of my earliest and most influential writer-heroes, Stanley Elkin. Apart from the usual roster of American and British hotshots — Dickens, Twain, Conrad, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner…

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You Have to Be Willing to Make a Fool Out of Yourself: Some Advice to a Young Writer

(c)Copyright 2013 Margaret Langstaff, All Rights Reserved I receive many emails and questions from young writers of fiction, serious novices who have literary aspirations. Many of them are well read and well educated and as a result are so in … Continue reading

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The Assault of Laughter

(c) Copyright 2013, Margaret Langstaff All Rights Reserved As with an unfortunate minority of similarly wired souls, winter is always a down time for me. The gloom, the shorter days, the cold. They drain me utterly and I have to … Continue reading

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