Composition: ‘Rearview’ Chapbook Now Available

We are overjoyed to announce the launch of Composition: Rearview, a chapbook of selected poetry and nonfiction works from our past Flash 405 contests. Leo Smith, Chapbook Editor, curated this collection in celebration of former Flash 405 finalists and the work that Exposition Review publishes. While this chapbook centers its content around various types of relationships, future iterations of Composition will explore other themes and genres. The art of composition felt necessary to include in our title—reconstructing pieces to form a new, full body of work has been an experimental and rewarding process.

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Call for Entries: Flash 405, April 2021: “The Other”

We’re kicking off another round of Flash 405 starting April 4, 2021! Judged by Expo Associate Editor Anya Johnson, we invite you to submit flash fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and experimental on the theme “The Other.”

Flash 405 is Exposition Review‘s multi-genre short form writing competition, awarding cash prizes and online publication to the winners. Entries will be accepted until May 5, 2021 via Submittable. Before submitting, take a look at Anya’s notes on the theme below. We also encourage you to visit our Flash 405 page where you will find the full guidelines and can read past contest winners.

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

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Transposition: A Very Special Episode on Literary Identity and Responsibility

2020 was the Year of Online Expansion for Exposition Review. When faced with a global pandemic, we took our WriteGirl workshop online, launched our Act/Break issue online, and kicked off our own literary podcast, Transposition. Host and Stage & Screen editor Laura Rensing brought us six episodes of readings, conversation, and craft. We’re already hard at work on Season 2!

But maybe you need something in between the seasons—something a little outside the norm. Well, you’re in luck, because here to scratch that itch is co-editor and previous podcast host Mellinda Hensley with a special, between-the-seasons episode of Transposition.

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Call for Entries: Flash 405, February 2021: “Your Digital Stories”

We’re back for another year of Flash 405, and kicking off 2021 with a twist! Our February contest is a collaboration with one of our favorite creative orgs to come out of the pandemic: OUR DIGITAL STORIES!

Entries will be accepted from Feb 4–Mar 5, 2021 via Submittable.  You can read the full rules and find past contests and winners here, but note the rules (and prizes!) for this round are a bit different.

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

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like… “Act/Break” Literary Nominations

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 holiday season, we are proud to present our nominees from our “Act/Break” issue for the following awards:
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Help These Orgs During #GivingTuesday 2020!

Writing might seem like a solitary activity, but there is a vibrant community behind it all. From providing a platform for new voices to supporting food scarcity, these organizations specifically help writers and art-makers of all ages, experiences, and incomes. In honor of #GivingTuesday, we’re waiving our submissions fees so you can donate your money to your favorite organizations. If you’re looking for suggestions, some of ours are listed below. If monetary donations aren’t currently something for you, a few of these orgs offer multiple ways to give back or get involved. Who knows, maybe you can find your next volunteer opportunity for 2021!

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Recap: Expo Presents “Unlocking L.A.: Creativity in the Time of Coronavirus” at Lit Crawl L.A.

Lit Crawl L.A., like so many events in 2020, looked a little different this year. Though we couldn’t get together in person to celebrate Los Angeles’ literary scene, we gathered online thanks to the Los Angeles Public Library, who hosted a livestream reading via Youtube and Facebook Live on October 24 as part of Lit Crawl Global Continue reading “Recap: Expo Presents “Unlocking L.A.: Creativity in the Time of Coronavirus” at Lit Crawl L.A.”

Expo Presents: Transposition, The Literary Podcast – Season One

In 2020, Exposition Review kicked off our own literary podcast, Transposition. Following the readings of our Vol. V: “Act/Break” contributors for our issue launch, Transposition has evolved into a full summer series. Laura Rensing, Stage & Screen Editor and founding member of the Editorial Board, has guided us through a comprehensive look at Exposition Review’s other published pieces and authors. With readings from the writers themselves and short interviews to follow, we’ve been able to explore more thoroughly the diverse worlds our contributors have created. After all, Transposition’s title was inspired by the idea “to perform a piece of music in a key other than the one in which it is written” and we are so proud to have brought these works into new forms. As we all close the end of season one, join us in reflecting on this endeavor, and take a deeper dive into all the brilliant work of our contributors!

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Flash 405, August 2020: “Invented Language” Winners

It’s time to share the results of our final Flash 405 contest of this year! 2020 has been a wild, unwieldy, and at times horrifying rollercoaster, but we kicked off this season with “Bright Spot,” and Flash 405 has continued to remain as such for Exposition Review. The winners of 2020 have delighted us, moved us, and connected us in our love of good writing. With “Invented Language,” the winning works took this a step further, exploring the construction and meaning of words themselves to evoke powerful emotion. We are pleased to share those works now, selected by guest judge Rita Bullwinkel.

Read on to discover them for yourself!

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