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…
Often in the movie version they’ll connect the main villain to the hero’s origin story even if that’s not how it really happened. This is in the interest of a compelling narrative.
Waiting for the bus, I pull some of my wife’s hair from my sleeve. This is the fifth time it’s been in my hands in the first hour of the day.
New South is proud to announce our 2015 nominations for the Pushcart Prize!
Fire or ice, speculates Frost, while astrophysicists hypothesize the universal endgame: our red giant sun, auditioning for dwarfdom, vaporizes the world.