December 2012

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Dhaval’s an interesting type. Not content to run with the pack, Mehta chose a (lone) wolf for his avatar. Fitting, given the ‘non-compliance’ theme. None of this should detract from his submission. Beach Vacation challenges us to break the rules, placing freedom over conformity. Check out the author’s interview below.    Tell us about a book you have read recently, and why you enjoyed it. I just finished reading David Sedaris’s “Old Faithful” in The Best American Essays 2005 (edited by the very gifted Susan Orlean).  After reading “Old Faithful”—after reading anything simply touched by Sedaris—I ask the cruel forces of the world to throw me headlong into a terribly awkward but painfully funny circumstance, just so I can write about it.  Then I remember I don’t have Sedaris’s wild …

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  This is Jason’s second nomination for a NITH short list. Considering we’ve only done two awards that gives him a hundred percent success rate. Like all our short list authors we threw a few questions his way. Jason’s submission for the ROSA is here.   The Ed: Tell us about your ambitions as a writer. What sort of fiction do you prefer to write? Jason Fink: My first ambition is to be able to find the discipline to get my ass in a chair and write; that’s the hardest part for me as I’m always distracted by shiny things and squirrels.  As for the kind of fiction I enjoy writing and what I want to write… it varies depending on the time of day you ask.  I’ve started a dozen different novels in various …

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  Tashiina Buswa’s submission for the ROSA is a reflection on mass education,  ethics, and the arbitrary values we assign to success. You can check it out here.  Read on for the interview…    The Ed: Tell us about your writing career thus far. Where did you get your start, and how long have you been writing? Tashiina Buswa: I’ve been writing since I was a kid. My best friend and I began an ill-fated novel when we were ten, a laughable project now but I’d say that’s what spurred my love for writing. As I grew older I was more inclined to poetry, but recently have been focused on short fiction. What role to paper books having in an increasing digital marketplace? I still have a lot of faith in print. …

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  Helen’s short listed submission, The Visitor, tackles gender, religion and compliance in a supernatural thriller. Read on for Helen’s q&a.. The Ed: Tell us a little about your ambitions as a writer.  H.R. Schneider: My primary ambition for writing actually lies in the realm of non fiction. I am still in high school, but I would like major in journalism next year at college. I believe that journalism is best utilized to pursue social justice. Because of this, I would like my fiction writing to also have an aspect of social justice. I still have a long way to go as a writer, but I hope that whatever work I produce, whether fiction or non-fiction  can bring about some issue at hand and perhaps make a difference. What role to …

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The Interview is a ROSA short listed piece of  fiction that works as a character study. Cassie Kosarek one woman’s plight to break out of social compliance in a contemporary setting. Her writing is deft and always on point. We asked the author a few questions. The Ed: Tell us about an interesting habit you might have when writing. Cassie Kosarek: I stare at people. I don’t like to write at home because I’m too easily distracted, so I end up going to the public library or a coffee shop, where, in my own pondering, I have been caught way too many times staring strangers down without noticing it. What role to paper books having in an increasing digital marketplace? I’m an active blogger and explored the digital humanities quite …

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  This is a short list submission for the ROSA Award.     Suicidal Screams by Holly Riordan   My trembling fingers grasped the trigger as I felt my life slip away. I was supposed to be the womanizing all star of my high school’s baseball team. I was supposed to grow up to become a lawyer who would shower my trophy wife and kids with cash. I was supposed to live the life I’d always planned. But I was gay. I realized in sophomore year, after watching Rebecca Stone get picked on during chemistry. The teacher was rambling on, deaf to the malicious students who mocked the girl with a girlfriend. Even if Rachel wasn’t my neighbor, it would be impossible not to know her. She had inextinguishable red …

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This is a short list submission for the ROSA Award.     Pool Parties In Venice by Tashiina Buswa It’s Thursday afternoon and we’re all fifteen, sixteen – with the exception of a few burnouts who failed grade ten roughly three times in a row. We’re sitting in Mr. Smith’s applied science class, prisoners to jails made of periodic tables, locked by chemical equations. Of course, we’re only taught the very basic of scientific principles, because after all, we comprise the “no future” class. We’re a motley assemblage of drug-abusers, class clowns, trailer-park trash. And don’t forget the moody breed – the back-row kids always quipped with a plentiful supply of teen angst and sarcasm. The category I fall into. Today’s science class has a “special” guest, and by special, I …

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This is a short list submission for the ROSA Award.     The Visitor by Helen Rose Schneider   I wake up far too earlier than my alarm to rustling in the dark. I flip on the light and blink the back the urge to fall asleep again. The first thing I see is a face peering over me, framed by a crown of thorns and lank, black hair. Blood drips from where each prickle punctures the skin, and flows between greasy locks to a face that was once beautiful. It catches in the hollows of a starved face and drips on the lashes, giving a ghoulish effect to a pale complexion, which should be sun-kissed and vibrant. “Ah!” I recoil, “Saint Rose, I thought I wouldn’t see you again. I …

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This is a short list submission for the ROSA Award.     So It Begins by Jason Fink   “I shall not move” was what I was trying to say.  The words failed me.  Words always fail me.  I was not as eloquent as I’d have liked.  I was not as educated as I’d have liked.  I assumed this would change; at this moment I had to make do with the tools afforded me. “But sir,” I said, trying reason, “Sir, brother nor sister do not do what you are want me to do.” The large, stoic man in the white suit looked at me with solemn appraisal.  His moustache, black as grey streaked coal, twitched.  “You would say no to me?” I nodded.  I am on the front line.  More, …

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This is a short list submission for the ROSA Award.     Beach Vacation by Dhaval Mehta   It’s been ten minutes, and Gregg’s still wiping.  I can hear it, the balled-up toilet paper chafing his crack. “OK, Gregg, that’s enough.  Three wipes—that’s the rule,” I say, knocking on the bathroom stall. “I’m almost done,” he says in a Boston accent.  Then he starts up again, this time more aggressively. A couple minutes later, Gregg finally steps out, a big, muscular man in an old Coors Light shirt.  He’s tall, too, and hulky, with a big nose and dark, curly hair.  He’s smiling, as if he’s won some big award. “OK,” Gregg beams.  “I’m done.  I’m done.” He’s also a repeater. Back in the recreation room, I leave him with the …

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This is a short list submission for the ROSA Award.     The Interview by Cassie Kosarek She places her shoes next to the door so she can slip them on as she leaves. She polished them yesterday; a pair of black Nine West pumps her mother got her two Christmases ago, telling her that they looked professional but not too expensive – you want to show them you’re not cheap, but that you still need the job. She turns from the shoes. Her hair isn’t done. She combs her fingers through her curls. Unprofessional, she thinks and plugs in her straightener. She can’t remember who told her that curls were unprofessional, but she hasn’t ever been to an interview with her natural hair. She swipes her foundation over her skin …

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