She often imagines his melancholy as a film, a glamorous distance achieved by standing in the rafters and observing his movement between two rooms.
New South is now accepting submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for our print journal.
There is so much of this planet I want to explore but will never have the time
This kind of writing is a tenuous process. You are working these small, independent bits that have occurred over months or years into a narrative that builds to the summative emotion or knowledge that inspired you to write the essay in the first place, while trying to stay grounded in the emotion you experienced when these events first transpired.
Editor’s note: Rebecca Gummere’s gorgeous essay, “The Transit of Venus” was selected by Rebecca Makkai as the runner-up in New South’s 2015 Writing Contest. Here, Rebecca shares how her essay took shape and what she’s been working on since. Rebecca Gummere: The essay is about the gradual decline and death of my mother, but it’s also about the transitory…
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Art.
Erin found the snake. When she came foot-slap-running onto the porch, screaming “Snakedaddymommysnake,” we hugged her and assured her it was just a large stick, fallen from one of our oaks and still black-slick with rain water.
Submissions are now open for the 2016 New South writing contest!
I won my first dog in a church raffle on Christmas Eve. The raffle was fixed by the priest—“The boy is sad and needs a dog.”
The judges for the 2016 New South Writing Contest will be Anya Silver (poetry) and Matthew Salesses (prose). The contest will open for submissions in January 2016. First place winners in each category will be awarded $1,000 prizes; second place winners, $250 prizes; and third place winners, a three-year subscription to New South. And, as always, all pieces…