Category Archives: Fiction

Five Books that Will Change the Way You Read

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There are few things more fulfilling than reading a truly great novel. Often these rich and complex works do not make for the easiest reading, but the rewards make it a worthwhile endeavor. In these works, everything from the plot … Continue reading

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Pride and Pigs

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When I was in high school, my junior English teacher assigned us a project: to write the story of the three little pigs in the style of our favorite author. We were not allowed to write the author’s name anywhere … Continue reading

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What Editors Want. . . ?

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 What Editors Want: A Week of Fresh Catch Wishes (as opposed to the old reliable, workshop-safe, combed-and-scrubbed, A+-in-deportment, even par  poems & stories) Day 1 Funk, something hybrid and loamy, misbehaving like a snake that’s twined a wild vine scabbed … Continue reading

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The Gloaming

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I was recently reading Nightwoods by Charles Frazier when I stumbled upon a word that really stuck in my mind: gloaming. Frasier uses it as a possible option for a description of the state of nightfall, which the antagonist, Bud, … Continue reading

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Homegrown Literature

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Reading a novel that is set in a place where you have actually lived or visited is an interesting experience. Being born and bred in East Tennessee, this is not a common occurrence, but it does happen. Usually, the books … Continue reading

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To Record or Not to Record: A Question

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In the past, one of the only ways you could only hear the words spilling out of your favorite author’s mouth was if you braved the masses and attended a reading. And even though you got to see said author … Continue reading

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Now Accepting Entries for the Bevel Summers Prize for Short-Short Fiction

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From March 1 to March 31, 2012 Shenandoah will be accepting entries for the Bevel Summers Prize for Short-Short Fiction.  This $500 prize is awarded to a story of 1,000 words or less, and will also be published in an … Continue reading

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Cold Weather Reads

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Last week it seemed like Spring was just around the corner in beautiful Lexington, Virginia, but on Sunday Mother Nature surprised us with some last minute Winter weather.  As I sat inside sipping Mint tea, eating peanut butter M&M’s, and … Continue reading

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Gathering of Waters and Emmett Till

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No one should ever forget the horrors suffered during the years when so many were denied their Civil Rights, but Black History Month is always a poignant time to renew our efforts for equality.  Bernice L. McFadden’s novel Gathering of … Continue reading

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Food: A Vehicle for Personality

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Shenandoah’s new issue is featuring a piece of flash fiction by Nicholas Roerich Prize winner, Sharon Hasimito, entitled “Vindaloo.”The piece contains cancer, a subsequent death, and food. You would think that the first two would be the more attention worthy, … Continue reading

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