Writing Prompt Wednesday: Genre & Content

Welcome to this week’s writing prompt written by Fiction Reader Gideon Simons and sample responses written by Managing Editor Devin Koch. Writing Prompt: Write a poem or story wherein the narration is in a different genre than the content. Examples: A sappy love story told by a horror writer, an experimental postmodern work written as … Continue reading Writing Prompt Wednesday: Genre & Content

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Best Worst Advice for Aspiring, Young Writers (adapted from Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet)

I recently had a professor talk to me about the publishing world in literary magazines, and he said the most depressing (albeit true) thing: almost anybody that gets published these days knows somebody in the industry. Being “swept up” by a press is a rarity and comes once in thousands of submissions. Yet, in reading … Continue reading Best Worst Advice for Aspiring, Young Writers (adapted from Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet)

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Writer: Dora Malech

What is your go-to pen(cil)? A ballpoint pen, because I’m left-handed, so fancier pens smear across the page. Most beautiful word in all the world: Hope. I just had a baby, and that’s her middle name. Alter ego: Right now, Elmo. (See baby daughter above.) What's for dinner? Leftover spaghetti. What're you reading? My colleagues’ … Continue reading Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Writer: Dora Malech

Writing Prompt Wednesday: Netflix Recommends

Writers’ block got you down? Happy Wednesday, and welcome to the first edition of our Writing Prompt Wednesday Series, a series of writing prompts that is sure to get those fingers typing in a flurry. Below you will find a writing prompt created by TMR Poetry Reader Ashieda McKoy and first-draft response written by TMR Poetry Editor … Continue reading Writing Prompt Wednesday: Netflix Recommends

Best Worst Advice When Applying to Creative Writing MFA Programs

So you’ve decided to apply to MFA programs. Congratulations! You think this could be your way out, or your way in. Maybe you have spent the past three years waiting tables and writing. Maybe you just graduated and can’t get enough. No matter what led to this decision, it is a good one. And you’ll … Continue reading Best Worst Advice When Applying to Creative Writing MFA Programs