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Awkward Press #2 out in stores now

This is brought to you by the same fellas who ran Contemporary Press of the famed “Danger City” series and “How to Blow Everything to Pieces.”

Awkward is their new venture, a mass market paperback thematic anthology; #2′s theme is brevity.

There’s a lot to like in this installment, besides my own piece, of course. I think that in literature, conciseness is a most undervalued tool in any author’s repertoire. Transience, allowing the reader to read between the lines and interpret the work by the words you don’t use, resisting the urge to paint in all the colors and instead trust the reader to render the picture with some of their own experiences, is a beautiful undertaking. I think that’s why I’m so influenced by poetry and lyricism. I like to use my imagination and not have every possible nuance shoved down my throat leaving no room to move. It is a forgotten and ignored practice (even by most well know writers) and I applaud those who strive towards it.

So, I was excited when the good folks at Awkward announced that they were going to dedicate #2 to stories of 1,500 words or less. Not only does it mean exposure to more authors per book, but, it also showcases writers at their sharpest point.

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