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    This is a good city for writers. We have a rich culture of creative persons and the arts, and literature is certainly included. In a city that boasts many author events, literary readings, and open mic opportunities, Sarabande Books presents more opportunities for the writers among you: they have just announced their writing contests and special publishing opportunities for the year of 2015.

    + The Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction: Submit a manuscript of 150-250 pages of original short fiction. Prizes include $2000 cash and the publication of a collection of short stories or novellas or of a short novel. Submissions are accepted until February 15.

    + The Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry: Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages of original poetry. Prizes include $2000 cash and publication of a full-length collection of poetry. Submissions are accepted until February 15.

    + The Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature: Submit literary works set in or about Kentucky. Manuscript lengths vary by type of literature. Submit manuscripts during the month of July.

    +The Sarabande Writing Residency at Bernheim Forest: Apply during August or September for the opportunity to be Writer-in-Residence at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest.

    + Flo Gault Student Poetry Prize: This prize is open to college students, who may submit up to three poems. First prize is $500 cash. This contest takes place from September 1 to November 15.

    + Open Submissions: Sarabande accepts for publishing consideration collections of poetry, short stories, and novellas in the month of September. Original essay collections are accepted year round.

    See the Sarabande Books website for complete details on all contests and submission opportunities.

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    There are legitimate theories that the Big Bang originated from the collapse of a black hole in a fourth-dimensional universe. This stuff fascinates me, and I love reading about it. I love reading about science. And about anything, for that matter, provided it's interesting - and everything is potentially interesting, so I'm fascinated by a lot of things. I also read a lot of fiction (Kurt Vonnegut deserves deification) and watch a lot of movies (Charlie Chaplin also deserves deification). I've made a few short films myself. I'm also a writer of everything - I'm close to a Bachelor's in English at IUS. My life consists of reading, writing, bartending, and taking care of my daughter full-time. Life is busy and life is stressful, but that's why there's music and art and other forms of relaxation.

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