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Posts Tagged ‘Stewart O’Nan’

Literary Journal Meets Thrift Store

so.jpgLike a Salvation Army staffed by brilliant writers, Significant Objects has created a new kind of online journal–publishing and selling on eBay.

The new site pairs a writer with an odd object–a mug, a child’s game, or a ceramic cat. The author writes a story about the object, and the object and story are sold on eBay to the highest bidder. The amazing author list includes Luc Sante, Lydia Millet, Ben Greenman, Curtis Sittenfeld, and Stewart O’Nan.

Here’s more from the site: “The winning bidder is mailed the significant object, along with a printout of the object’s fictional story. Net proceeds from the sale are given to the respective author. Authors retain all rights to their stories.”

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Stewart O’Nan Judges “Hint Fiction” Contest

blastonan.jpgTwitter-ization has shortened everything: blog posts, book reviews, and friendly communication. Now it’s shortened the already-shortened art of flash fiction.

Author Robert Swartwood coined the literary term “Hint Fiction” this week, describing any story that falls under 25-words, not counting the title. Until April 30th, he’s sponsoring a hint fiction contestStewart O’Nan (pictured), the author of “A Prayer For The Dying” and “Songs For The Missing,” will judge the final entries.

Here’s more from the post: “‘Hint Fiction: When Flash Fiction Becomes Just Too Flashy’ is up today at Flash Fiction Chronicles … I talk about how short you can make a story until it’s no longer considered a story. And what does the winner receive? A $25 gift certificate to Amazon. Which basically works out to a dollar a word. Which, if you think about it, ain’t too shabby.” (Via HTMLGiant)