Support These Lit Orgs on #GivingTuesday 2021

Writing might seem like a solitary activity, but it’s backed by a vibrant community that supports and uplifts voices of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences. In honor of #GivingTuesday, we’re waiving our submission fees on Tuesday, November 30, so you can donate your money or time to your favorite organizations. If you’re looking for suggestions, here are some of our perennial and new recommendations:

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Expo Recommends: “Flux”


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 works to read and see brought to you by the editors of Exposition Review.

Our 2021 annual issue submission season is well underway. For Vol. VII, our editors chose the theme “Flux,” calling on submitters to consider movement, conflict, and change. Heading into our last month of submissions (our deadline is December 31), we want to give you—our readers, writers, submitters, and community—an extra dose of inspiration. So whether you read Expo Recommends for the recommendations or you want to get a leg up on the competition with a behind-the-scenes look into the preferences of our editorial team, we hope you’ll enjoy our “Flux”-inspired Expo Recommends.

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Flash 405, August 2021: “House Party” Winners

Looks like this party’s over (or maybe just beginning) with the announcement of our 2021 Flash 405 contest “House Party” winners. Judged by Barrelhouse Fiction Editor Christopher Gonzalez, this round of Flash 405 wanted pieces that made us crave community and conflict, heat and heated discussions, raw and unfiltered potential. After much deliberation, we have our winners!

Learn more about Christopher’s selections and read the winning pieces below:

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Recap: Our Digital Stories Vol. 8 with Exposition Review

Our Digital Stories

Our Digital Stories (ODS) is a group of writers, directors, and performers who during the pandemic created a new form of storytelling set in and created within the digital world. Using video conferences, phone calls, and text messages as settings, they call this hybrid between a short play and a short film “Digital Stories.”

After kicking off our first Flash 405 contest of the 2021 season with the theme “Your Digital Stories,” ODS brought the three winning scripts to life for Volume 8 this summer!

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Flash 405, June 2021: “Alchemy” Winners

It’s time to announce the results of our June 2021 Flash 405 contest “Alchemy”! Judged by Exposition Review Nonfiction Editor Ramona Pilar, this round of Flash 405 called for works that ignited transformation: discovery, curiosity, experimentation, failure, success. While all the entries we received were gold, only a select few could be chosen as the winners. After much deliberation, we have our winners!

Read on to learn more about Ramona’s selections and read the winning pieces!

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Call for Submissions for Volume VII: “Flux”

Exposition Review is excited to announce the theme for our seventh annual issue: Flux.

Submissions will be open from September 15–December 31, 2021. We accept work in all forms: fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction, poetry, scripts for stage & screen, film, experimental narratives, visual art, and comics.

Read more about the theme and how to submit:

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Call for Entries: Flash 405, August 2021: “House Party”

Flash 405 - Flash Contest Judged by Christopher Gonzalez - "House Party"on Content

When it comes to rounding out our Flash 405 season this year, we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than with, well, a party theme. As we prepare for a new season at Expo and celebrate seasons past, Barrelhouse fiction editor Christopher Gonzalez knows how to kick off the festivities with the theme “House Party” for our August Flash 405 contest.

Entries for this round will be accepted until September 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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Flash 405, April 2021: “The Other” Winners

Announcing the winners of our April 2021 Flash 405 contest! Expo Associate Editor Anya Johnson served as judge for this round and asked for submissions around the theme of “The Other”, exploring what it means to be or contend with an Other, whether that be a disparate identity, an ostracizing designation, or otherworldly encounter.

Read on to learn more about her selections and read the winning pieces!

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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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