Tagged Tips from the Slush Pile


Tips from the Slush Pile: Cliches to Avoid

Let me get this out of the way up front: don’t ever start a short story with depressed college students smoking cigarettes and drinking in a shitty bar where they end up having bad, emotionless sex with a stranger, all while bemoaning the meaninglessness of life and their lack of personal agency. Now if this…


Tips from the Slush Pile: Beginnings

I’ve been reading fiction submissions for Apeiron Review for four years, and I’m not exaggerating when I say I’ve gone through a few thousand short stories in that time. With that experience comes (I hope) a greater understanding of the mechanics of short fiction. I could ramble endlessly on what makes or breaks a short story, but…

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