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Fiction that Multitasks: An Interview with Michelle Ross

Reading a writer for the first time is like making a new friend. As you delve into the work, the writer’s unique voice and sensibilities become familiar, and over time, even when you put the book aside, the rhythm of the writer’s sentences linger in your consciousness, much like a friend’s voice pops into your…

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Ideas and Investigations: An Interview with Jordan Rothacker

Any novel with a Pez dispenser on the cover is worth checking out—even more so when the dispenser sports a skull as its top. Jordan Rothacker’s debut novel, And Wind Will Wash Away, is an ambitious blend of religion, history, and the classic detective novel. Rothacker shared his thoughts about the novel, and more, in…

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Pushcart Prize Nominees

Lovely CC Readers: Between decking the halls and attempting to absorb post-election news, the cows have been somewhat distracted lately. In the midst of all the hubbub, Cease, Cows submitted Pushcart Prize nominations, so it’s about gosh-darn time an announcement was made, don’t ya think? Without further ado, we’d like to present the following two Pushcart…

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Author Interviews: Let’s Talk

We hope you enjoy the author interviews that we frequently publish here at Cease, Cows. If you have a new book coming out, let us know, and perhaps our next interview subject will be YOU! Since we welcome writers of all genders, colors, ethnicities, and orientation, we look forward to hearing from a more diverse…

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Staff Update

We have a fresh face at the farm! Please join us in welcoming our new Associate Poetry Editor, Daniel Jeffreys, to the Cease, Cows family! Daniel and Rachael Smart (our fantabulous Poetry Editor) are currently in preparation mode for January 2017, when we will once again throw open the barn doors to poetry submissions. Mosey…

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Scary Short Story Contest Finalists

We have the winners for our 2016 Scary Short Story Contest! Without further ado, here are the top three, along with their publication dates: First: “Happy” by Nick Rawlinson (10/31) Second: “The Hermit” by Jake Deluca (10/30) Third: “Player Four” by Dan Diehn (10/29) Congrats to the finalists and a big thank you to all…

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Hope, Aspiration, and American Dream Stuff: An Interview with Christopher DeWan

Christopher DeWan, whose story “Intrusion” appeared at Cease, Cows earlier this year, has just released a new collection, Hoopty Time Machines, published by Atticus Books. Subtitled “Fairy Tales for Grown-Ups,” DeWan’s fiction is smart, imaginative, and equal parts funny and sad. DeWan’s characters walk the high-wire between aspiration and disappointment, and readers will appreciate the…

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Scary Short Story Contest

Lovely CC Readers, Starting this Thursday, Cease, Cows will be accepting submissions for our Scary Short Story Contest. Your mission? Submit one previously unpublished flash fiction piece that will scare the cud out of us in 1,000 words or less. Our editorial staff reads contest entries blind, so please do not include any identifying information on the…