We’re Reading!

Dear writers, far and wide, the minnesota review is now reading submissions! From now until November 1st, we will be looking at your prose and poetry submissions from our round table (actually, kind of a lopsided, hallow square) of dedicated editors. Since 1960, the minnesota review has published a range of talented writers from every … Continue reading We’re Reading!


A Complete, Totally Definitive Guide to Short Story Craft

1. Start the story with an intriguing first line, something that propels the reader forward, captures their attention, makes them feel compelled to read on. Do not start with something boring or commonplace. This is the worst thing you can do. This will make the reader throw your story into a trash compactor and compact … Continue reading A Complete, Totally Definitive Guide to Short Story Craft

Making Those Last Words Count

Hopefully you already read this wonderful piece on first lines in fiction. Those sentences are important because, of course, they color a reader’s perception of the rest of the story. Daniel discusses a “solicitation of trust”—“a chance for the author to communicate that the reader is in capable hands.” And he’s right: I’ve put down … Continue reading Making Those Last Words Count

An Interview with Matthew Vollmer

As well as teaching creative writing, fiction, and composition at Virginia Tech, Matthew Vollmer is the co-editor of Fakes: An Anthology of Pseudo Interviews, Faux-Lectures, Quasi-Letters, "Found" Texts, and Other Fraudulent Artifacts (forthcoming in fall 2012 from W. W. Norton). His first book, Future Missionaries of America, is available via Salt Publishing and his second book, inscriptions for headstones, will be … Continue reading An Interview with Matthew Vollmer