Flash 405, February 2021: “Your Digital Stories” Winners

We kicked off 2021 with a twist: a special collaboration with OUR DIGITAL STORIES, calling for short-form work set within the digital world and above all designed to be performed. This unique prompt was a reflection of the past year and how the social limitations of the pandemic also created new opportunities to tell and share our stories.

We are excited to present the winners who shared their own take on digital storytelling: from Zoom plays to Virtual Reality poetry. The winners will also be performed in the next volume of OUR DIGITAL STORIES, airing later this summer.

Read on to discover them for yourself!

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Exposition Review, Vol VI: “Hunger” Launch and Skylight Books Crowdcast Reading

Exposition Review is so proud to announce our latest issue has launched, Vol. VI: “Hunger”! This issue asks the reader what they hunger for, what drives them, what it feels like to need something with a deep, unrelenting desire.

With exciting work from emerging and established authors across genres, including pieces published from WriteGirl mentees and alumni, DREAMing Out Loud writers, and past Lambda Literary and PEN Emerging Voices Fellows, “Hunger” is one of our most gut-punching issues to date.

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Call for Entries: Flash 405, June 2021: “Alchemy”

Could there be a better theme for 2021? As the world slowly re-opens and we can begin to see the transformations to our new normal, Expo Nonfiction Editor Ramona Pilar poses the theme “Alchemy” for our June Flash 405 contest.

Entries for this round will be accepted until July 5, 2021 via Submittable. 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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Recap: ‘Share Your Voice!’ Workshop Goes Bicoastal

If there’s a silver lining to the pandemic that has kept Exposition Review from gathering in person as a staff and for events, it’s that we’ve found new ways to connect that have expanded our community like never before.

For the second year in a row, our “Share Your Voice!” publishing workshop was held online, enabling our editors not only to log on from as far away as San Francisco, Chicago, and Arkansas, but to invite participants from both coasts. This year the event we’ve held for several years for WriteGirl teens and alums in Los Angeles was joined by students from PEN America’s DREAMing Out Loud program in New York, too.

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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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