January 21, 2021

Since yesterday was Inauguration Day, we had a smaller number of writers than usual, but that included some new members, which gave us a chance to get to know each other. I’m still loving the way Zoom meetings can expand my horizons, so I can meet people who would be unlikely to show up in…

June 21, 2019

Some twenty of us gathered this month at the Westport Barnes & Noble—almost a record! There was lots to talk about, so this post covers Part 1 of this month’s update. First, and most important, the Westport Library is reopening this Sunday, June 23, after an almost two-year hiatus while it has been renovated as…

July 8, 2012

There’s a new short fiction app called Wattpad and the website that invented it has 9 million followers. Surprised? I was, because I’d never heard of it. So I signed up to take a look. Readers describe themselves as an eBook community, but the interesting thing is that many of them are writers too. You…

March 16, 2012

A while ago I wrote a post about the increasing market for short stories one could read on the go in a busy world. I figured this is good news for writers, and here to help make my case, is an article from the website Ebook Friendly. I came across  this site because I follow…

March 13, 2012

I had this email from the Missouri Review yesterday. If you’ve been putting off entering – now’s your chance. We wanted to let you know that The Missouri Review has decided to extend the deadline of our 2012 Audio Competition by an additional week. The new online submission system and our pay-by-donation entry fee caused…

March 10, 2012

Lizzy Davies is a reporter at the Guardian. She previously worked for the paper in Paris, and for the Observer and Independent as a news editor She wrote this piece last week about a newly discovered short story by Charlotte Brontë: Charlotte Brontë’s lost short story to be published  Charlotte Brontë with her sisters. L’Ingratitude,…

February 11, 2012

This is a re-post from Tessa Smith McGovern, award-winning author, founder of eChook and teacher at Sarah Lawrence College. She founded eChook in 2010, and after creating an app of her own short stories for iPhone, iPad, and Android, Tessa realized that she had, in effect, become a publisher. eChook’s goal is to give readers…

November 13, 2011

The new Fairfield University bookstore has opened in downtown Fairfield, so I wandered in there today to check it out. Guess what? Behind some sort of potted palm I found a poster announcing a mystery short story contest this month. Your writing is due in to them by December 15th, and I’m not sure they…