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“The Spark of Change” by Dia Pannes from Speaking Out: LGBTQ Youth Stand Up (Bold Strokes Books, 2011). This story hurt to read, because the stakes in it are so high. True to form, it’s darker than the stories that came before it. (And someone downplays his hand...

11th Annual Saints and Sinners Panel Discussion

Saturday, May 174 PMYOUR FIRST READERS: HOW EDITORS BECOME A POSITIVE PART OF YOUR SHORT STORY PROCESS Readings and Panel discussion. What do short story writers hope for from editors? What makes editors say yes to stories? What happens after your story is accepted?...

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“Forever is Composed of Nows” by Will Ludwigsen from Speaking Out: LGBTQ Youth Stand Up (Bold Strokes Books, 2011). I pointed out earlier that this anthology is similar in intent to The Trevor Project. These are stories about making it through adolescence as an LGBTQ...

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“Subtle Poison” by Lucas J. W. Johnson from Speaking Out: LGBTQ Youth Stand Up (Bold Strokes Books, 2011). Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t this the first story in the project to feature a transgendered protagonist? This anthology is the most diverse one featured so...