“Orbit” Literary Prize Nominations


Exposition Review is dedicated to creating more opportunities for our ever-growing community of talented, diverse writers and artists to share their voices and grow their platform. This is why, from the very beginning, Expo has been a nominating literary journal. Every year we recognize our strongest published works by submitting them for consideration for a variety of prestigious literary awards and anthologies. We are proud to present our nominees from our “Orbit” issue.

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These Lit Orgs Need YOU This #GivingTuesday

How did this year go by so fast? As we wind down the end of our submission season, we’ve had time to reflect on our achievements as well as other amazing literary organizations that support writers, artists, youth, and our whole community. In the spirit of giving thanks, we’re sharing our top picks to donate your dollars for #GivingTuesday on November 27, 2018 (and giving back ourselves with a NO FEE submission day!).

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Expo Recommends: Wonder


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.

In honor of our call for submissions for our 2019 issue, Vol. IV: “Wonder”—which you should really submit to—this Expo Recommends features recommendations from our genre section editors and Co-Editors-in-Chief. Whether it gives you a leg up on the competition by knowing what we like, or it helps you find you next great read (or piece of art to ponder), enjoy!

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Recap: 2018 Short Play Series

For our 2018 Short Play Series, we gathered at the Skiptown Playhouse in Hollywood for a staged reading of four pieces—three stageplays and one screenplay—from Exposition Review Vol. III: “Orbit.” We were proud to showcase a group of talented Los Angeles directors and the actors they cast, and to see their interpretations of the published scripts unfold on the stage.

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Flash 405, June 2018: “Nature” Winners


Our latest round of Flash 405 was one for the record books! When “Nature” closed for submissions, Exposition Review editor Brianna J.L. Smyk had the daunting task of selecting just a few “vibrant pieces that dissect all the meanings of nature” from our largest entry pool yet.

Read on to explore the dark and light sides of human and Mother nature with the winners of Flash 405, April 2018: “Nature”!

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Call for Entries: Flash 405, August 2018: “Mystery” with Glen David Gold


The final Flash 405 of 2018 is here, and we’re thrilled that to announce Glen David Gold as our latest guest judge!

Flash 405 is Exposition Review’s multi-genre short form writing competition, awarding cash prizes and online publication to the winners. You can read the full rules and find past contests and winners here. Entries for our next round will be accepted from August 4-September 5, 2018 via Submittable.

Read on to learn more about this month’s theme:

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Flash 405, April 2018: “Magnetism” Winners

Flash 405: April 2018 "Magnetism" Winners Exposition Review is pleased to announce the next round of winners of Flash 405! Our April 2018 contest was judged by nationally recognized poet Edwin Bodney, who proposed the theme “Magnetism.” In doing so, he called for writers to explore how “the idea of being magnetized by known and unknown forces leaves an entire field for the many versions of ourselves to live in.”

We found ourselves attracted to many of the entries submitted, but a few stood out about the rest for their inherent tension and beautiful delivery. Read on to discover these powerful pieces for yourself!

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Expo Recommends: Los Angeles (and Bay Area) Bookstores


Normally, our Expo Recommends tackles the question: What should I read next? But what do you do when you find the perfect book to read? Buy it! And where do you buy it from? Yes, you could turn to your computer or device and order said recommended read at the click of the button, but for any book lover asks, “Where’s the fun in that?” The answer: There isn’t any. That’s why we’ve taken the time to focus on some of our favorite bookstores in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. With this trusty guide, you can not only get the book you’re looking for, but also the experience and “waltz among the pages” to go with it.

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