Introducing Two Writers Walk Into a Bar, a Podcast

Exposition Review is proud to announce the debut of our podcast, Two Writers Walk Into a Bar!

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Two Writers Walk Into a Bar is a monthly podcast from Exposition Review where editor and host Mellinda Hensley brings an author to his or her favorite bar in Los Angeles to discuss liquor, L.A., and writing under the influencer of both.

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Expo Recommends: “Surface” Inspiration

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What should I read next? It’s a question we all ask ourselves time and again. Even with the countless essays, novels, screenplays, poems, and transmedia pieces to discover, to fall in love with or to detest, it can be a challenge to choose. Enter Expo Recommends, a curated selection of readings brought to you by the editors of Exposition Review.

This month, to honor our new “Surface” issue, some of the Expo editors got together to give some #ExpoRecommends inspired by the “Surface” theme. As expected, the run the gamut of genres and include fiction, nonfiction, a podcast, and art.

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Exposition Review, Vol. II: “Surface” Launch

Exposition Review is excited to announce that Vol. II: “Surface” is now available online!

When we posed the theme “Surface” back in September, we asked writers to submit to narratives that would play with the concepts of perception and self-reflection. We wanted fiction and fact and combinations of the two, and we encouraged writers to explore unconventional ways to tell their with our new experimental narratives category.

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Call for Entries! Flash 405, April 2017: “Shangri-La” with Trinie Dalton

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You’ve read the winners from Lauren Gorski’s Flash 405: “Monster” writing contest. And now it’s again time to open your computers, sharpen you pencils, uncap your pens, and try your hand at flash writing in all forms. Expo’s multi-genre short form writing competition Flash 405 is back for another round. Offering you a chance to win cash prizes and online publication, we’ll be accepting entries in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and stage & screen for our next round from April 4–May 5, 2017 via Submittable.

Read on to get inspiration on this month’s theme from guest judge and one of Expo’s favorite writers and former USC MPW professors Trinie Dalton:

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Flash 405, February 2017, “Monster” Winners

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For our first Flash 405 contest of 2017, judge and Expo editor Lauren Gorski asked for short form narratives that explored “the abnormal, deviations from the acceptable, the outsiders”—and you delivered, with a “monster” number of submissions! From February 4 to March 5, we broke another Flash 405 record for most entries, receiving almost 100 submissions!

Among these entries were stories that scared us, thrilled us, and softened us to the gentle monster within. Lauren wanted “the emotion of Quasimodo compacted to 405 words. The violence of Grendel in 4-5 lines. The conviction of John Proctor in 4-5 pages.” We think she got it. The winners that emerged were able to deftly weave emotion, ugliness, and horror to create very human, but no less memorable monsters. Read on to discover them for yourself!

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Recap: WriteGirl “Share Your Voice!” Seminar @ The Hatchery

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WriteGirl has long been one of Exposition Review’s favorite creative writing non-profits. Not only does it help emerging authors develop their skills and receive invaluable mentorship, but given that Exposition Review is an all-female editorial team, we also love WriteGirl’s emphasis on empowering young women. Every year they work with over 500 girls throughout Los Angeles, and since their launch 2001, they have seen a remarkable 100% (yes 100%) of WriteGirls go to college.

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Call for Entries! Flash 405, February 2017: “Monster”

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Our annual issue submissions are closed, but you know what that means—it’s time for the 2017 Flash 405 season! That’s right, Expo’s multi-genre short form writing competition is back. Offering you a chance to win cash prizes and online publication, we will be accepting entries for our first round of Flash 405 from February 4–March 5, 2017. We accept entries in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and stage & screen via Submittable.

Read on to get inspiration on this month’s theme from judge and Expo editor Lauren Gorski:

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Expo’s 2017 Literary Prize Nominations

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When we set out to publish Exposition Review’s “IX Lives” issue, our first online issue, we knew there was a world of opportunity before us. As our journal evolved, we leaned into the digital space and opened up to new ways of sharing narratives—such as Claudia Rankine and John Lucas’s incredibly powerful and timely “Situation 6” Video Essay.

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