Featured Nonfiction: The Transit of Venus by Rebecca Gummere

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…

Issue: 9.1

Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Art.

Micro Prose: Snake by Christopher Lowe

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.

The 2016 New South Writing Contest

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…

Micro Prose: How I Got This Way by Amorak Huey

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.