In our call for submissions for our April Flash 405: “Escape” contest, judge Kelly Esparza sought stories that would evoke that feeling: “a place, an image, a story to bring us peace and excitement while uncertainty and chaos surround us.” Our winners delivered both, whisking us away from our everyday lives with stories of longing and hope.
Learn more about Kelly’s selections and read the winning pieces below:
Exposition Review is thrilled to share our latest issue, Vol. VII: “Flux”! This edition captures moments of change—gradual and sudden, subtle and profound, intensely personal and immensely public. Yet time still flows, carrying readers with it through the stages of life, through relationships, through grief, and through art.
The poetry, prose, scripts, and images within these pages play off these themes and each other, speaking to us individually but also talking to each other. As you explore this issue, you’ll find those reverberations within sections, echoes across genres, and perhaps, as we did, resonances in your own life.
If season one of our Transposition podcast was about sharing the voices of our contributors at a time when so many venues were silenced, season two was about inviting others in. We added Mitchell Evenson as an associate producer, and he created our new theme music and helped shape the season. We brought on more guests to expand and deepen the context of our content. We interviewed our first visual artist on the podcast, Zoe Walsh. With all of these new additions, we found a common theme.
For almost as long as we’ve been publishing, Exposition Review has hosted our free “Share Your Voice!” workshop for emerging writers with the ultimate goal of publishing their work. During the pandemic, this has taken place online, which has enabled us to expand our guests to include not only WriteGirl teens and alums but students from PEN America’s DREAMing Out Loud program in New York.
This year, we gathered via Zoom on Sunday, April 3, to help participants find literary journals to fit their voices, polish their submission materials, and submit their work.
For the first Flash 405 of 2022, guest judge Mia Nakaji Monnier asked us to consider how “we mark the small moments”—an apt request for a flash writing contest, where the smallest stories can still connect us to the bigger picture. Our winners did just that, using ritual and routine to explore full histories in a few brief paragraphs.
Learn more about Mia’s selections and read the winning pieces below:
Currently in the throes of putting together our seventh annual issue, “Flux,” we can’t help but look back at all that’s come before. We’ve been able to do so with fresh eyes over the past few months thanks to the creativity and industry of our intern Rachel Alarcio, who’s produced a series of erasure poems based on our past letters from the editors. This project, which we’ll be rolling out across our social media channels leading up to the launch of “Flux,” got to the heart of our ambitions and aspirations for Expo in a vibrant new form.
We’re very excited to kick off a new year of Flash 405 with new prompt “Routine and Ritual,” chosen by Guest Judge Mia Nakaji Monnier!
Mia was featured our “Wonder” issue with her beautiful creative nonfiction Kokoro Yasume; she was also a guest on A Very Special Episode of Transposition, in conversation with our co-EiC Mellinda Hensley and our August 2021 Flash 405 judge, Christopher Gonzalez.
Submissions will open on February 4, 2022, via Submittable. Before submitting, we encourage you to check out the full prompt below. You can also see further guidelines and see past contest winners by visiting our Flash 405 page.
At Exposition Review, our mission is to create more opportunities for our ever-growing community of talented, diverse writers and artists to share their voices and grow their platform. This is why, every year, we submit some of our strongest published work for a variety of prestigious literary awards and anthologies. To kick off the new year, we are proud to present our nominees from our “Hunger” issue for the following awards: Continue reading “New Year … New Literary Nominations!”→