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Flash Fiction week VIII: Spooky Selfies

Length: 500–1000 words When: Publication date is the final week in October. Topic: Spooky Selfies What does that mean? Stories should (a) involve selfies, and (b) be vaguely related to Halloween, or something spooky or scary. As usual, contact the editor to sign up, or leave a comment here and we’ll get back to you.…

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Ask Ceil – Pumpkin Spice

Dear Ceil, I just had a pumpkin spice latte with my pumpkin spice donut, in front of my pumpkin spice candle. I don’t have friends anymore; I only have these things that are flavored with pumpkin spice. Is that ok? Sincerely, Autumnal in Austin Dear Autumnal, You know, when a person and a spice love…

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Neil: Groupthink

For Banned Books Week, we’ve asked our writers to pick a frequently challenged book and tell us how that book has affected them. Today, Neil writes a post inspired by George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. Big Brother has arrived, in a way. But we don’t fear him. Instead, we mock him, making him seem harmless.

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Banned Books week

Next week, we’ll be running articles about banned books. How has a frequently challenged book affected you? You can read more about Banned Books week at bannedbooksweek.org. You may also have noticed the new look to the site. We’re still making changes, so things may look a little unstable at times. But what do you…

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Sandman: Overture 3

I read the original Sandman graphic novels as fast as I could afford to buy the trade paperbacks. (I’ve since re-read them often enough that I wish I’d spent the extra money on hardcovers.) When this prequel series started coming out, I decided to see what it’s like to read a Neil Gaiman story one…

The Cycle

The Cycle

How can I improve my writing? It’s a common question. There are a few things you can do: Reading Reading and writing is a cultural conversation. People write books to say something. Other people read those books and a few of those write books in return. As has been pointed out many times, you should…

Flash Fiction week VII: “On Your Doorstep”

Since we have some pieces left over from the last week of flash fiction, we’ve created a theme week to use those pieces. And so we present: Flash Fiction week VII Topic: On Your Doorstep When: 21–25 July Word length: 500 words As usual, contact the editor to sign up, or leave a comment here…

Pictures? Why Do I Need Pictures?

I’m an art school graduate, and in many ways a visual person. So when Kathleen and I discussed ways to improve the Nose last year, one thing we agreed on was that pictures are a good thing: They make the site look nice, they’re more interesting in social media links, and they’re fun. So most…

Flash Fiction Week VI: Fathers, Mothers, Others

I can’t believe it’s been over a year since our last week of flash fiction. And so we present: Flash Fiction week VI Topic: Fathers, Mothers, Others When: June 9–June 13 Word length: 500 words As usual, contact the editor to sign up, or leave a comment here and we’ll get back to you. Update:…