“Helicopter Wounds”

Stuck in morning traffic, I received a call from my mother. She sobbed quietly into the phone. I...

Story of the Week

“The Heavenly Language”

As the car whipped over the rise, his stomach came up in his throat and he saw his father’s accusing eyes on him in the rearview...

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From the Archive


“The Fish”

I asked my father about the fish. It was the only thing Mom didn’t take with her when she left us. We hadn’t talked about her all day,...

Suggestions & Advice for Writers

Quick Flashes from Novels

John Spurling

Novel Flash: The Ten Thousand Things

The times are turning bad again. I have been arrested for going to see a private art collection. Can you believe it? An old man of nearly...

Looking for Advice from Agents?


Ask an Agent Series: Laura Biagi

Laura Biagi joined the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency Inc. (JVNLA) in 2009. She is actively building her own client list, seeking...

Featured Essay

“The Rise of Storytelling in Video Games”

Graphically, video games have been evolving since the late 1980s. The Nintendo Entertainment System evolved into the prettier Super...

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What Are Editors Looking For?


Ask an Editor Series: Jim Hicks & Emily Wojcik

Jim Hicks is the Executive Editor of the Massachusetts Review, and director of the Graduate Program  in Comparative Literature at the...

Recent Reviews


A Review of Praying Drunk

Praying Drunk by Kyle Minor (Sarabande Books, 2014) Does God exist? The question is either a non-sequitur or deeply important depending on...

Looking for Recommendations on What to Read?

Reading Lists: “Read 15 Amazing Works Of Fiction In Less Than 30 Minutes”

Twitter fiction and six-word stories have permeated the literary world, but the concept of telling very short tales isn't exactly new....

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The Story Behind the Story


The Story Behind the Story: “Down at the Doll Plant”

"Down at the Doll Plant" was influenced by my time spent working in various factory settings and Larry Brown's novel "A...

Looking for Publishing Tips?


The Process of Publishing: An Exercise

When I teach my editing class, I always like to begin early with an exercise. The entire class becomes a publishing company, and we...

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