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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 Submit one previously unpublished flash fiction piece that will scare the cud out of us in 1,000 words or less.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…

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CC’s Best of the Net Nominations 2016

Lovely CC Readers: Fall is in the air. Soon our days will be shorter, our sleeves will be longer, and pumpkin spice will take over the world. It is also time, once again, to make our annual nominations for Best of the Net. With so many fantastic pieces to pick from, we can assure you that this was…

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And the nominees are…

Dearest Readers: We here at Cease, Cows are pleased to announce our nominees for this year’s storySouth Million Writer’s Award. All stories had to be longer than 1,000 words and first published online during the 2015 calendar year. And we could only pick three (argh, the struggle). Without further ado, the cows’ nominations: HAZMAT by Timothy Day From…

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The Toast Always Wins: An Interview with Kelly Luce

Kelly Luce’s debut collection, Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail, published in 2013 by A Strange Object, is an imaginative delight, unpredictable, amusing, and frequently heartbreaking. Set in Japan, Luce’s stories bring the reader into a world that’s slightly askew yet still familiar. They tickle the mind and touch the heart while lingering in…

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Shamanic Hilarious Exorcisms: An Interview with Jarett Kobek

Whoever you are, you need to read I Hate the Internet by Jarett Kobek. Seriously. Kobek’s novel will challenge, entertain, educate, and possibly enrage you, but this wild comic romp is the smartest work of fiction I’ve read in years. I Hate the Internet follows a colorful cast as they navigate the pitfalls of gentrification,…